Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

S/Africa mourns veteran photojournalist Sam Nzima

S/Africa mourns veteran photojournalist Sam Nzima

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday conveyed his condolences‚ on behalf of government and the people of South Africa‚ on the death of veteran photographer Sam Nzima. The compelling photo shows 16-year-old Mbuyisa Makhubu carrying the crumpled body of 13-year-old Hector Pieterson, as Pieterson's sister reacts in horror. He approached The World and started freelancing for them before he took the iconic photo of the Soweto student uprisings in 1976.

According to SA Histroy Online, Nzima took up photography after being fascinated by a camera belonging to his teacher at school. Nzima was put under house arrest after his Pieterson image was published around the world. Eventually, however, due to its lasting effect and influence, he became proud of it.

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As tributes continue to pour in for legendary photojournalist Sam Nzima who died in Nelspruit on Saturday, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) says the country's history should be told fairly so it reflects all sides and heroes of the time.

Nzima's photograph was listed by the Time magazine as one of 100 most influential images of all time. "His camera captured the full brutality of apartheid oppression on the nation's psyche and history - from the Defiance Campaign through to forced removals and the Soweto student uprisings", read the statement. Pieterson's sister, Antoinette, whose grief is captured in the photo, has for many years been a guide at the museum. The seeds of global opposition that would eventually topple apartheid had been planted.

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While white South Africa was cushioned to the reality of what was going on in the townships, black newspaper staffers such as Nzima risked their lives - both from the protesters and policemen - to expose the truth.

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