Oliver Reginald Tambo

Oliver Reginald Tambo
Birth and death
1917 - 1993
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Alistair Grant

Oliver Reginald Tambo (1917-1993), South African anti-apartheid campaigner, and ANC politician. In 1955 Tambo became Secretary General of the ANC, and in 1958 Deputy President. In 1959 he was given a five year banning order by the government, and so was sent abroad by the ANC to promote opposition to apartheid. He moved to London, where he lived until 1990. In June 1987 he was invited with Thabo Mbeki to a meeting at The Old Manor House in Walton, with Chris Ball, the chief executive of Barclays Bank in South Africa. It was one of a series of meetings that finally convinced multinational business interests to work together with the ANC to end apartheid. Tambo returned to South Africa in 1991 after over 30 years in exile, and was elected Chairperson of the ANC. He died of a stroke in 1993.

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