Tambo, Sisulu, Mandela die 10yrs apart

By Drum Digital
11 December 2013

South Africa's three struggle icons have died a decade apart.

South Africa's three struggle icons have died a decade apart.

Social media platforms and networks have been enthralled by this coincidence.

Oliver Tambo died in 1993 followed by Walter Sisulu in 2003.  Ten years later, former President, Nelson Mandela passes on.

In the 1940s Tambo, Sisulu, Mandela and other young intellectuals of the time regularly visited the house of then ANC president Dr AB Xuma. It was there that they came up with a plan to revive the ANC and make it more accessible to ordinary people. In 1944 the three men helped form the ANC Youth League.

Tambo died on April 24, 1993 at the age of 75 due to complications after a stroke.

In 2003 former ANC secretary general and deputy president of the ANC Walter Sisulu died at his Johannesburg home in the arms of his wife Albertina.

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