World: Tambo Interview We Are Nobody's Puppets

Are Nobody's Puppets"

Oliver Tambo, 69, has served as acting president of the African National Congress for 19 years. The son of a peasant Transkei farmer, he studied at a Protestant missionary school and once considered becoming an Anglican minister. At one of the A.N.C.'s modest houses scattered throughout the Zambian capital of Lusaka, Tambo discussed his group's aims and methods with TIME Senior Editor George M. Taber and Correspondents Bruce Nelan and James Wilde. Dressed nattily in a beige safari suit with a paisley cravat tucked around his neck, the A.N.C. president tugged thoughtfully on wispy chin whiskers as he spoke. Excerpts:

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