The Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation was officially launched on the 24th of October 2011, with President J.G. Zuma gave the inaugural lecture. In his speech he mentioned that ‘The values of unity, selflessness, sacrifice, collective leadership, humility, honesty, discipline, hard work, internal debates, constructive criticism and self-criticism and mutual respect, encapsulate what President Tambo stood for.’ It’s with these words in mind that the Foundation aims to address issues of socio-economic upliftment and advancement, education, women’s empowerment and the promotion of arts, culture and heritage initiatives.
The preparations of the ANC for its 60th anniversary must commence today and should find expression in the challenge by our people of every manifestation of white dominance, in a determined assertion of their human dignity and their rights to every square inch of land in South Africa, and in an intensified struggle against exploitation.
“Our people had been finally robbed of their land and all political rights.”
As parents, mothers and workers, they [women] stood firmly beside their menfolk and children against forced removals, starvation wages, increased rents and taxes, inferior education and health services, demanding full citizenship rights for all our people in a unitary, non-racial society.
“To our demand that all our people must enjoy equal and inalienable human rights…”
The revolution will guarantee the individual and equal rights of all South Africans without regard to any of these categories and include such freedoms as those of speech, assembly, association, language, religion, the press, the inviolability of family life and freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention without trial.
These are rights which our people will have to struggle for today and even after a democratic government is in office. Their attainment can only uplift the quality of life for the country as a whole.
Our fight is for justice. We cannot cease until we have won, as we will in time.
Persistent contravention of human rights is a recipe for violent conflict and war.
And in achieving human rights for all men in southern Africa we will be making our contribution to the fight for human rights and freedom the world over.
Many countries and governments in Africa and in other parts of the world, both East and West, have stood with the oppressed people of South Africa in their struggle for human rights.
Remember, your father did not introduce me to the struggle, I was already in it when I met him.
Where almost every country in the world seems to be moving in the direction of enlarging the areas of human freedom towards the standard and ideal contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, South Africa has been moving in the opposite direction.
We seek to create a united Democratic and non-racial society. We have a vision of South Africa in which black and white shall live and work together as equals in conditions of peace and prosperity. Using the power you derive from the discovery of the truth about racism in South Africa, you will help us to remake our part of the world into a corner of the globe on which all - of which all of humanity can be proud.
Oliver Reginald Tambo and Adelaide Frances Tambo dedicated the majority of their adult lives to the liberation movement of South Africa. Their tireless efforts positively impacted the quality of life for all South Africans.