“Tambo once told his wife not to stress about him not being home while Mandela was in prison”
Singing ‘Oliver Tambo’ the struggle song, the Soweto gospel choir welcomed guests at the Trevor Huddleston memorial in Sophiatown.
This was all done in memory of the struggle icon and former ANC President Oliver Tambo.
Tambo spent most of his years in exile in the United Kingdom, working with Lord David Steel who was the president of the anti-apartheid movement in the UK. Lord Still attended the event and he remembered Tambo as “a family loving man, even though he once told his wife, Adelaide Tambo, she shouldn’t complain about him being at home all the time while Nelson Mandela hadn’t seen his wife in years” he said jokingly.
OR Tambo had over 27 ANC secret missions which were critical and led to parliamentary action, following the commonwealth investigation which led to the sanctions which were inspired in the US congress. Those events contributed to the overthrow of the apartheid regime.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi recalled the time he visited Tambo’s house in London when OR was adamant about the Prince’s visit to his home because he knew there were spies watching his every move. Buthelezi added that Tambo proved his intelligence by saying that because when he returned to South Africa his passport was confiscated.
Tambo’s son and former presenter of the SABC television show People of The South, Dali, thanked Trevor Huddleston for being a member of the Tambo family and playing a huge role in his education. Dali Tambo said his father was very strict on him about hanging out in London pubs. “My father spoke to Bishop Trevor Huddleston about the matter and came back to tell me not to go to pubs and get drunk. Instead, when I went to these places I should order an orange juice, quench my thirst and move on.”
Also attending the event was Gauteng Premiere David Makhura, Ambassador Abdul Minty, Gertrude Shope and British High Commissioner Dame Judith Macgregor.