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Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela

(L-R) Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela shake hands. Tambo was Secretary General of the ANC from 1955 after Walter Sisulu was banned by the South African Government under the Suppression of Communism Act. In 1958 he became Deputy President of the ANC and in 1959 was served with a five year banning order by the government. Tambo was sent overseas to mobilize resistance against apartheid. He settled in London where he and his family remained until 1990. In 1967 Tambo, who had been a founding member of the ANC Youth League, became Acting President of the ANC following the death of Chief Albert Luthuli. In 1985 he was reelected Prisident of the ANC.

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  • Source: ANC Archives

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