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Oliver Tambo: Muswell Hill statue unveiled to key anti-apartheid figure

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 November 2019

Oliver Tambo's statue at Albert Road Recreation Ground. Picture: Haringey Council

Oliver Tambo's statue at Albert Road Recreation Ground. Picture: Haringey Council

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A statue celebrating anti-apartheid campaigner Oliver Tambo has been unveiled at Albert Road Recreation Ground.

A crowd looks on as Oliver Tambo's statue is unveiled. Picture: Haringey CouncilA crowd looks on as Oliver Tambo's statue is unveiled. Picture: Haringey Council

The late-South African activist settled in Muswell Hill and lived in the area for two decades. He lived in exile in London after moving to try and mobilise support for the anti-apartheid cause. He served as president of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1967 to 1991.

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The guest of honour at the event on October 27 was Oliver's daughter, the South African High Commissioner to the UK, Her Excellency Thembi Tambo.

Also on hand were Haringey Council leader Joseph Ejiofor, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and Hornsey and Wood Green MP Catherine West.

Leader of Haringey Council Cllr Joseph Ejiofor addresses the crowd as Haringey's mayor Cllr Shelia Peacock looks on. Picture: Haringey CouncilLeader of Haringey Council Cllr Joseph Ejiofor addresses the crowd as Haringey's mayor Cllr Shelia Peacock looks on. Picture: Haringey Council

Ms Tambo said: "The statue is recognition of my father's values and his decisive and leading role in the struggle against apartheid and for a democratic non-racist, non-sexist South Africa. I hope people come and see the statue and find out more about what my father and indeed my mother did."

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