By: Alexa Rainey
In 1951 Tambo and Mandela opened a legal firm and When Mandela was banned Tambo continued to run it despite Mandela's absence. In 1954 he was elected secretary general of the ANC but received a banning order within the same year. During 1956 he was imprisoned on account of treason with 155 other members of the ANC who had been accused. He was soon acquitted along with a majority of the other members in what became the Treason Trial of 1956. In 1959 he headed the ANC's Constitutional Commission. Tambo used this position to shed more light on the ANC's Women's league and the ANCYL. Revisions were made and given the name the Tambo Constitution. These accomplishments were just the beginning for Oliver as he continued to gain jurisdiction within the ANC. During the year of 1960 Oliver and his family were exiled. He spent his time gathering support for the anti-apartheid group and setting up military camps. His campaigning also targeted the equality of women and the protection of children in abusive situations. In 1967, Luthuli passed away and Tambo became the temporary president of the ANC.
Oliver's expedition continued until 1989 when he suffered from a stroke. He finally returned to South Africa in 1990 and becomes Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare in 1991. On April 23, 1993 Tambo passes away in Johannesburg but his legacy lives on well into the 2000's.
Significance to anti-apartheid movement
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