The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday joined South Africans and the African National Congress (ANC) in commemorating 100 years since the birth of former ANC president, the late Oliver Reginald Tambo.
The party’s spokesperson, Refiloe Nt’sekhe, said Tambo was a principled leader whose ideas to create a democratic and equal society for all South Africans were still held in high esteem.
“We are still optimistic that his idea of a prosperous and nonracial South Africa will be fulfilled. Oliver Tambo was prepared to die for the cause of the emancipation of black South Africans and building a country where everyone is equal under the law,” Nt’sekhe said in a statement.
She said Tambo showed a great deal of determination and resilience at the helm of the ANC leadership during the most difficult periods of the liberation struggle.
“It is clear that the current ANC does not uphold the ideals of Oliver Tambo. They have abandoned that dream in favour of self-enrichment at the expense of the people of South Africa.
“That is why South Africa needs a new beginning, where we can all work towards freedom, fairness and opportunity for all, to learn from Tambo’s wisdom and adopt his spirit of ethical and servant leadership.”
Tambo served as ANC president from 1967 to 1991. He died at the age of 75 in Johannesburg on April 24, 1993.