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O.R. Tambo statue unveiled at airport

President Jacob Zuma unveiled a life-size statue of the late ANC President Oliver Reginald Tambo to applause and jubilation on Thursday morning.

The statue of Tambo, who served as ANC president from 1967 to 1991, was erected at the O.R. Tambo International Airport, also named after him.

The statue unveiling ceremony forms part of the O.R. Tambo centenary celebrations that are being held across the country this month under the theme Life and Legacy of O.R. Tambo. Earlier on Thursday Zuma also unveiled a bust of the struggle icon at the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) where the tower was also named after him.

Tambo, who was passionate about education, was a remarkable teacher of Mathematics and Science subjects, often insisting that students should take their studies seriously and achieve high marks during their exams.

Tambo died at the age of 75 in Johannesburg on 24 April 1993.

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