Zuma honours former ANC presidents
ANC were honoured at the National Orders Awards, for their contribution to the struggle against apartheid.
JOHANNESBURG - Former presidents of the African National Congress (ANC) were honoured at the National Orders Awards, for their contribution to the struggle against oppression.
President Jacob Zuma hosted the awards on Friday evening, at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria.
The president said government has honoured all those who were at the forefront of the struggle; those who guided and inspired the people of South Africa.
Some seven former ANC presidents, including Chief Albert Luthuli and Oliver Tambo, were honoured posthumously.
Oliver Tambo Junior accepted the award for his grandfather.
Speaking of his grandfather, he said: "He was a great man. South Africa, he looked after them, because they were his people, the people he fought against apartheid for."
Among the 31 people honoured this year, were other South Africans and foreigners whom contributed towards the promotion of humanity.
The national orders ceremony, started on Freedom Day 2010, are the highest awards bestowed by government.