Tambo gravesite re-declared heritage site

ANC struggle icon, OR Tambo. Picture: ANC archives

JOHANNESBURG - The grave site of struggle stalwarts Oliver and Adelaide Tambo were re-declared a national heritage site on Saturday.

The site at the Tamboville Cemetery in Wattville lost this status after Adelaide Tambo passed away in 2007, and was buried alongside her husband.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele spoke about Oliver Tambo's contribution to the nation.

Oliver Tambo's grave was originally declared a heritage monument shortly after his death.

But after his wife passed away in 2007 and was buried alongside him, the Ekurhuleni Metro said it reapplied to reinstate the massive black and white gravestone as a national monument.

The municipality's spokesperson Sam Modiba said the community was relieved to have the historically significant space given the respect it deserves.

“The people of this area recognise the significance of having the people of the calibre of Oliver and Adelaide buried among them.”

A multi-million rand art exhibition centre, honouring the legacy of the Tambo family, was expected to be opened in Wattville, south of Johannesburg, this week.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)