OLIVER TAMBO CENTENARY LECTURE
20 October 2012
'WHILE THE ANC LIVES, OLIVER TAMBO CANNOT DIE'
The celebration of the lives of the Presidents of the ANC constitutes more than just an opportunity to learn about history. Neither is it merely to marvel at the stars which rendered much to light through the pall of darkness that apartheid-colonialism cast over our country and its neighbourhood.
These celebrations are, in part, to express our appreciation of the sacrifices that have made it possible for us to stand tall as free women and men, at last with the opportunity to shape our destiny. By elevating the memory of the best among us, we are seeking to extract the best from within ourselves as individuals- members of the ANC and indeed citizens of a free South Africa.
In as much as the people are their own liberators, leaders are critical to the realisation of a dream: as organisers, sources of inspiration, forces of example, and paragons of transformative virtue. In the current context, two dynamic circles attach to this observation.
Firstly, it is our strategic posture and policies that define the character of the ANC. In turn, the character of the movement should inform the quality of cadres that we elevate to positions of leadership. The quality of leadership, in turn, is fundamental to determining the level of popular confidence that the mass of the people have in the ANC, and -when all is said and done- whether we are able to implement our policies and realise our strategic objectives.
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