December 13, 2013

On the day December 13th...

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

December 13 1990 Oliver Tambo, former President of the African National Congress (ANC), returns to South Africa after going into exile nearly thirty years ago.

Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo was one of the founder members of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in 1944 with Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu, and was elected as the organization’s Secretary. He was appointed as the Secretary General of the ANC in 1954.

With the banning of the ANC and other liberation movements in 1961 Tambo was given the mandate to establish ANC mission offices in exile. He started both the UK/Ireland and Lusaka Missions and was at the fore of mobilization of the armed struggle and guerrilla campaigns against apartheid.

When ANC President Chief Albert Luthuli died in 1967 Tambo was appointed as Acting President. He was elected as President of the organization during the Morogoro Conference in 1969. Oliver Tambo passed away on 24 April 1993.

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