THE ANC Greater KwaDukuza Youth League (YL) held an Oliver Reginald (OR) Tambo lecture on Friday, 27 January, at the Sibusisiwe Community Hall in Mandeni to commemorate the centenary of Tambo’s birth and honour his legacy because the organisation has dedicated this year to the late leader of the party.Thousands of league members and supporters from the KwaDukuza region packed the hall to listen to the lecture, attended by the party’s national, provincial and regional leadership including ANC National Executive Committee member and national Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba (a former president of the youth league), KZN ANCYL secretary Thanduxolo Sabela and ANC Greater KwaDukuza regional chairperson Ricardo Mthembu.ANCYL Greater KwaDukuza regional secretary Musa Zondi said in addition to keeping in line with the party’s commitment of dedicating 2017 to Tambo, the lecture was intended to strengthen and deepen unity within the organisation. “OR Tambo was among the founding members of the ANCYL in 1944 and became its first national secretary. “OR Tambo was among leaders of the ANCYL who infused the organisation [ANC] with new ideas and changed it to become a progressive and potent tool in the hands of our people in the struggle for liberation. President OR Tambo was disciplined, highly principled, and was a humble servant of the people and a man of integrity.” Zondi said Tambo’s leadership serves as an inspiration for the “young lions” of this region and urged people to emulate the late stalwart. “President OR Tambo is our pillar of strength in our struggle to advance economic freedom in our lifetime.“We know well that OR Tambo would not be satisfied merely with us having only achieved political freedom without economic freedom. President OR Tambo would not be satisfied that the economy of this country is in the hands of a few white minority, hence the majority of black people in general and Africans in particular are destitute and denied economic opportunities. The ANCYL in the Greater KwaDukuza region is resolute in the struggle for the total realisation and attainment of economic freedom in our lifetime,” he said.