3 in court for burning Tambo statue

Three people appeared in the Bizana Magistrate’s Court today in connection with the burning of ANC stalwart Oliver Tambo’s statue at the heritage site in Nkantolo village, Eastern Cape police said.

They would appear in court again on November 19, Colonel Sibongile Soci said.

The three face charges including arson. They were arrested on October 24 after a task team appointed by the Eastern Cape provincial commissioner investigated the incident.

The statue, which formed part of a heritage site, was burnt on October 22.

Tambo, born in Bizana, was among the founding members of the African National Congress Youth League in 1944 and became its first national secretary. He later became ANC president.

Tambo died of a stroke in April 1993.

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