Tambo, Oliver

born Oct. 27, 1917, Bizana, near Johannesburg, S.Af.

President (1969–91) of South Africa's African National Congress (ANC).

In 1944, with Nelson Mandela and others, he cofounded the Youth League of the ANC. He became the ANC's deputy president in 1958 and was forced into exile in Zambia when it was banned in 1960. He was elected ANC president in 1969 after the death of Albert Lutuli. He returned to South Africa in ill health in 1990 and yielded the party presidency to Mandela.

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▪ South African leader
born Oct. 27, 1917, Bizana, S.Afr.
died April 24, 1993, Johannesburg
 president of the South African black-nationalist African National Congress (ANC) from 1969. He spent more than 30 years in exile (1960–90).

      Born in a Transkei village of subsistence farmers, Tambo attended Anglican and Methodist mission schools and the University of Fort Hare (B.S., 1941) and later studied law. In 1944 with Nelson Mandela (Mandela, Nelson) and others, he cofounded the Youth League of the ANC and, after teaching school briefly, began engaging wholly in nationalist politics and legal cases, rising concurrently in the ranks of the ANC. Joining with Mandela in establishing South Africa's first black law practice in 1952, he was arrested on treason charges in 1956 but was released the following year. In 1958 he became ANC deputy president. Two days after the Sharpeville Massacre, the ANC was banned (March 23, 1960), and Tambo left South Africa to help set up the organization's foreign headquarters, eventually settling in Lusaka, Zambia. He assumed the presidency of the ANC in 1969, two years after the death of its old leader, Chief Albert Luthuli.

      Tambo returned to South Africa from exile on Dec. 13, 1990, to attend the first full-scale conference of ANC members (including exiles and the formerly imprisoned) in more than 30 years. However, because of ill health owing to an earlier stroke, Tambo yielded ANC executive duties to his old colleague Mandela and took the largely honorary post of national chairman of the ANC in 1991.

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