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President Jacob Zuma unveils O.R Tambo statue


President Jacob Zuma described Oliver Tambo as a man who served his country with love and selflessness.

President Jacob Zuma on Thursday officially unveiled a statue of African National Congress anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Oliver Reginald Tambo, at OR Tambo Airport.

O.R Tambo

“We celebrate Tambo’s memory because he remains one of the most outstanding leaders this country has ever produced,” he said.


Radebe said Tambo has played a key role as one of the architects of the constitutional affairs.

Addressing the crowd at the unveiling, Zuma described former ANC president Oliver Tambo as a man who served his country with love and selflessness.

The president said that South Africans must continue to honour Tambo.

The major event saw scores of dignitaries, Cabinet ministers and members of the Tambo family, including Dali Tambo, the son of the struggle hero in attendance.

 A 2.5 metre bronze statue depicts Tambo as the revered international statesman, president of the ANC and commander of a liberation army, descending the steps of an aircraft and greeting the waiting crowds of supporters.

Welcoming the gathered crowd, Minister Jeff  Radebe said the unveiling gives them an opportunity to reflect the role that was played by the veteran stalwart in the long journey to freedom and democracy.

“This selfless man dedicated his adult life to the tireless pursuit of the liberation of our country and its people. He left a lasting legacy for all South Africans,” he said.

President Jacob Zuma says that Tambo became a capable pastor to all the strands of the ANC broad church.

“He was able to do this because of his character, amongst others, that of being a disciplined and highly principled leader. It is clear to me and all of us who had the rare privilege to be led by this giant, that he was a leader who had a calling to serve the people of South Africa.”

The struggle stalwart was born on 27 October 1917 in Mbizana.This year would have turned 100 years of age.Government also declared the year 2017, the Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo.

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