SACP in the Eastern Cape condemns torching of Oliver Tambo monument in Bizana


The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday condemned “with the strongest contempt” the reported torching of the monument of Oliver Reginald Tambo, former President of the African National Congress (ANC) and the former Commander in Chief of Umkhonto Wesizwe in Nkantolo Village, Bizana.

The arson attack at the OR Tambo Garden of Remembrance destroyed OR Tambo's statue, pictures and historic files belonging to the ANC.

“We view this cowardice act as nothing else but an insult not only to O.R Tambo and the congress movement but an insult to all peace loving people throughout the world,” Siyabonga Mdodi, SACP Provincial Spokesperson, said in a statement.

“Oliver Tambo lived his life with utter devotion and commitment to bringing about the peaceful world. Oliver Tambo is one of the most outstanding leaders who contributed to the freedom we are enjoying today.”

Mdodi said that no matter how much people are angry at the government, no reason could justify an attack to any monument, let alone a monument of Oliver Tambo.

“He sacrificed his entire life fighting for people of South Africa, it is therefore despicable what happened to his monument,” he remarked.

“There are no words than can express our anger and repugnance of what happened to the memory of our liberation stalwart as reported. It is in this context that we are calling upon law enforcement agencies to get to the bottom of this and bring all those responsible to the full might of the law.

“We are calling upon the people of Nkantolo to unite and isolate these criminal acts and work with the law enforcement agencies in arresting those responsible.

“As the SACP we remain deeply indebted to Oliver Tambo’s internationalism and sincere comradeship of many decades.”

Eastern Cape ANC Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) member, Mlibo Qhoboshiyane, also condemned the attack on Tuesday during his speech at the OR Tambo Memorial Lecture in Bizana.

“We are disgusted to say the least. We feel ashamed when during the month of OR Tambo, when that community is also standing to receive the fruits of what Tambo fought for over so many years, when there is a pledge of 2000 houses with the first phase having been started already.

"So the bust that was there, which was removed to these houses that were torched and burnt to ashes, was also housed there because there is renovations that is taking place there. So, I think it's soulless individuals who do not understand who Tambo was,” said Qhoboshiyane.

Photo caption: Oliver Reginald Tambo, former President of the African National Congress (ANC) and the former Commander in Chief of Umkhonto Wesizwe. Image: the dailymaverick