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Oliver Tambo na Oslo

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Die Burger newspaper reports that Oliver Tambo has arrived in Norway to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at which his leader, Chief Luthuli, will be awarded the prize for 1960. Luthuli was awarded the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize in 1961 in recognition of his efforts to bring an end to racial discrimination and injustice in South Africa through peaceful methods.  In his acceptance speech he said “Our vision has always been that of a non-racial, democratic South  Africa which upholds the rights of all who live in our country to remain there as full citizens with equal rights and responsibilities with all others.”

Oliver Tambo and other prominent ANC exiles and international figures demonstrated their support for Luthuli by travelling to Norway to be part of his entourage. The South African Apartheid Government openly criticised the Nobel Prize committee on their selection and refused to honour Luthuli's award.

Oliver Tambo was a founding member of the ANC Youth League and, along with Luthuli, was arrested in 1956 on charges of treason but not formally charged during the 1956 Treason Trial. He went into exile in 1960 and only returned to South Africa after the unbanning of the ANC in 1990. He declined to stand for any position in the ANC and the position, National Chairman, was created in his honour. Tambo passed away on 23rd April 1993.

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  • Object Name: Newspaper
  • Object ID: LutMus2010.07.027
  • Creator: Die Burger
  • Date: 2 Dec 1961
  • Description: Article concerning Oliver Tambo's presence in Oslo during Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.
  • People: Tambo, Oliver
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