This year, 2017, South Africa is celebrating 23 years of freedom and will also be celebrating the centenary of diplomat Oliver Reginald Tambo through an overarching theme “O.R. Tambo: Together deepening democracy and building safer and crime-free communities”.
27 April 2017 marks twenty-three years of democracy for the people of South Africa.
In order to honour the memory of Oliver Tambo and celebrate the liberation day, South African Embassy in Bucharest will organise a reception on 27 June 2017. Mr. Bethwell Tiba, the Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ State Secretary and Mr. Neil Barber, ROSABA [Romanian-South African Business Association] chairman, will deliver messages at the event.
Oliver Reginald Tambo (1917-1993) played an integral role in the liberation of South Africa. He dedicated his life to the pursuit of equality and justice for all South Africans and was one of the founding fathers of South Africa’s constitutional democracy. Oliver Tambo is viewed by many as South Africa’s top diplomat. Tambo served primarily in exile. Over 30 years, he traversed the globe in a successful attempt to secure international solidarity for the anti-apartheid movement.
It was only on 27 April 1994 that the heroic struggles for freedom waged through mass action involving women, youth, trade unions and religious organisations ended with the first ever democratic elections in South Africa. Nelson Mandela, the icon of struggles, voted for the first time when he was 76 years old instead of the internationally accepted 18 years. He emerged as the first black democratically elected President for a united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.