Tambo, Oliver Reginald

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Tambo, Oliver Reginald

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  • Tambo, O.R.

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27 October 1917-24 April 1993


Lawyer, politician and anti-apartheid activist. Leading member of the ANC and founder member of the ANCYL. Co-founder, with Mandela, of South Africa’s only African legal practice in the 1950s. Became secretary general of the ANC after Walter Sisulu was banned, and deputy president of the ANC, 1958. Served with a five-year banning order, 1959. Left South Africa during the 1960s to manage the external activities of the ANC and to mobilise opposition against apartheid. Established military training camps outside South Africa. Initiated the Free Mandela Campaign in the 1980s. Acting president of the ANC, 1967, after the death of Chief Albert Luthuli. Was elected president in 1969 at the Morogoro Conference, a post he held until 1991 when he became the ANC’s national chairperson. Awarded the ANC’s highest honour, Isitwalandwe Seaparankoe, in 1992.


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Mandela and Tambo (1952 - 1960)

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Mandela and Tambo is the associate of Tambo, Oliver Reginald

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Tambo, Adelaide (18 July 1929 - 31 January 2007)

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Tambo, Adelaide is the spouse of Tambo, Oliver Reginald

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