Pallo Jordan: Tambo was a modest man who refused to drive fancy cars #ORTambo100

Former ANC President Oliver Reginald Tambo was born on 27 October 1917. Today South Africa commemorates the 100th anniversary of his birth.

702's Stephen Grootes spoke to ANC veteran, Pallo Jordan about the life of Tambo and the role he played in South Africa's history.

Jordan says Tambo should have been known as the ANC President after Chief Albert John Luthuli but he refused the title until 1970's. He describes him as a very modest man who refused to drive fancy cars. ALSO READ: National ANC spokesman, Zizi Kodwa, on the splintered party

One this about him he was never afraid grasping a nasty situation and assuming responsibility of the shortcomings of the movement.

Pallo Jordan, ANC veteran

He accepted responsibility of the mistakes, rectified them and that required a lot of courage.

Pallo Jordan, ANC veteran

Jordan says Tambo's character meant that he would often quarrel with his colleagues in the ANC because he would take responsibility and own up to mistakes - which took a lot of courage.

It was very rare that Tambo would intervene at the beginning of debates in councils of the ANC he always held back and allowed the debate to continue and the end he would sum up what the discussion was about.

Pallo Jordan, ANC veteran

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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