South Africa: The ANC Is Facing a Morogoro Moment, but Without Oliver Tambo to Guide It

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As young student activists in the 1980s, we would gather to tune in to Radio Freedom, broadcasting from Lusaka for the January 8 speech by OR Tambo. The analysis he would give with regard to the balance of forces in South Africa would be genius, as if he were in the country himself.

I could not find a more apt description of this great son of our soil, Oliver Reginald Tambo:

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with...

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