The mentioning of the name OR Tambo immediately invokes admiration, respect and love by any supporter of freedom and human rights worldwide.
OR would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year if he was still with us.
OR died in 1993 and therefore unfortunately, he did not live to cast his vote for a free and democratic South Africa for which he fought so hard and sacrificed his life for.
OR served as President of the ANC from 1967 to 1991, serving for 24 years, making him the longest serving President.
Of the 12 Presidents that the ANC had including the current President - 10 served for a period of 10 years or less. Only 2 Presidents served for a period longer than 10 years. The President that served for the 2nd longest period was Chief Albert Luthuli who served for 15 years as President until his death in 1967 when OR Tambo took over from him as President.
Another important aspect of the 24 presidential years of OR Tambo is that 23 of them were during the 30 years (1960 - 1990) that the ANC was banned by the apartheid government.