Adelaide Frances Tambo
18 July 1929|
Top Location, Vereeniging
|Died||31 January 2007
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Occupation||Anti-Apartheid activist, politician|
|Known for||Anti apartheid activist|
Adelaide "Mama" Tambo (18 July 1929 – 31 January 2007) was a prominent anti-apartheid activist, political exile, and regarded as a hero of the liberation struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
Born as Adelaide Frances Tshukudu, she was affectionately known as Mama Tambo in South Africa. She was involved in South African politics for five decades and was married to the late Oliver Tambo, president of the African National Congress (ANC), from 1956 until his death from a stroke in 1993. They had three (3) children; one of whom, their son, Dali, is a television talk-show personality.
Following the end of apartheid, she served as a member of parliament from 1994 to 1999.
Adelaide Tambo received the Order of the Baobab in Gold, one of the highest honours bestowed by the post-1994 South African government. The South African Anglican Church awarded her the Order of Simon of Cyrene, the highest award given to laypeople for distinguished service.
She was buried next to her husband in her home town of Wattville on 10 February 2007. The service was held in a stadium and led by Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane. Among the thousands of mourners were presidents Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela.
- Obituary, The Independent, 2 February 2007
- Obituary, The Times, 2 February 2007
- Obituary, The Guardian, 2 February 2007
- Short biography of Adelaide Tambo on SAhistory.org.za.
- PBS interview with Adelaide Tambo about Nelson Mandela.
- Adelaide Tambo's political profile on the website of the ANC.
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