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date: 05 April 2020

Tambo, Oliver Reginald locked

  • Peter Limb


African National Congress (ANC) leader in South Africa, was born 27 October 1917 in Nkantolo village Mbizana district Mpondoland South Africa His parents were Julia a Christian convert and Mzimeni Tambo a prosperous but illiterate farmer who christened his son Kaizana after the German Kaizer in defiance of recent British colonization Childhood in a harmonious extended family emphasized Amapondo cultural consensus and cattle herding but migrant labor drew off relatives who suffered tuberculosis and mine deaths aiding his father s ruin Renamed Oliver at Ludeke Methodist School he proceeded to Holy Cross School Flagstaff where fees were paid by church benefactors in England and his older brother Scholastic brilliance saw him graduate from St Peter s Secondary School in Johannesburg then secure a bachelor of science degree from Fort Hare University where additional study for a teaching diploma was cut short when he was expelled for leading student demands ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of African Biography.

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