27 OCTOBER 2020
EKURHULENI – President Cyril Ramaphosa unveil a 9-meter-tall commemorative statue of O.R Tambo at the newly opened Radisson hotel and conference center. O.R Tambo would have turned 103 years this year.
“OR Tambo dedicated his life to the people of South Africa and to the achievement of democracy. He led the struggle for freedom through its darkest and most difficult moments,” said President Ramaphosa.
O.R Tambo served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1967 to 1991.
The city of Ekurhuleni declared October the Oliver Reginald Tambo month. The project was initiated by former Mayor Gungubele and completed by Mayor Musina.
Ramaphosa described OR Tambo as the voice of South Africa’s liberation movement to the world. Tambo spent three decades in exile where he lobbied for international support for the anti-apartheid struggle.
“It is therefore most fitting that this statue has been erected here at this airport that bears his name, and that is a gateway to the continent and to the world,” said Ramaphosa.
This statue is a colossus, as was the man it commemorates.