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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 1, 1993


A Presidential delegation departed Andrews Air Force Base last night (April 30) to attend the funeral of ANC leader Oliver Tambo in South Africa. Tambo, who led the ANC from exile for a period of over 20 years, will be laid to rest in Johannesburg on May 2.

The delegation is being headed by HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and includes Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Randall Robinson of TransAfrica, Ernest Green, Jesse Jackson, Nadine Hack, Bill Lynch, Maya Angelou, William Lucy and White House and State Department staff. Ambassador Princeton Lyman will join the delegation in Johannesburg.

President Clinton decided to send the delegation to convey U.S. respect for the ideals of peace and democracy which marked Tambo's public life and to demonstrate support for the transition to non-racial democracy now underway in South Africa.

Tambo will be widely and deeply mourned, as he was revered for his leadership of the international anti-apartheid movement, especially during the 1970s and 1980s. Unfortunately Tambo did not live to see the culmination of the process of negotiations to democratic government which he did so much to foster.