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ANC lauds honouring of O.R Tambo with statue at O.R Tambo International Airport

19 October 2017

The African National Congress welcomes the tribute paid to ANC President Oliver Reginald (OR) Tambo through the unveiling of a statue in his honour at O.R Tambo International Airport.

The statue was unveiled in a ceremony at the airport in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng by Comrade President Jacob Zuma today.

This month marks the centenary of the birth of the legendary statesman and great internationalist. The ANC has declared 2017 to be the year of O.R Tambo and has throughout the year driven a series of campaigns to draw attention to his illustrious legacy.

O.R Tambo was a champion of international solidarity between the revolutionary movements of the developing world and played an instrumental role in mobilizing the international community against the apartheid regime.

The occasion of the unveiling of the statute offers an opportunity for all South Africans to give pause and reflect on the life of this great leader who exemplified the values upon which the ANC was founded.

The ANC believes that more South Africans, especially the younger generation, should have greater exposure to the history of O.R Tambo's life; and to this end the unveiling of the statue will both keep his memory alive and encourage more citizens to learn more about his life and what he stood for.

Instilling a sense of pride over its heroes is the cornerstone of any nation's history - and heritage is part of the cultural economy of every country.

The ANC congratulates government for its efforts to honour this great leader; and ensure that he is remembered by current and future generations.

Issued by the African National Congress

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