Pho­tog­ra­pher snaps up award

Cape Times - - OPINION - Siyavuya Mzantsi

FOR­MER African News Agency (ANA) pho­tog­ra­pher Cindy Waxa was hon­oured at the Vo­da­com Jour­nal­ist of the Year Re­gional Awards for a pic­ture fea­ture high­light­ing a mother’s love for her paralysed son, pub­lished by the Cape Times ear­lier this year.

In her fea­ture, Waxa de­tailed the story of Philippi mother Lizeka Ncede, 43, whose health de­te­ri­o­rated af­ter her son, Bongile Ncede, was shot out­side his home by un­known as­sailants in the Me­siya in­for­mal set­tle­ment.

Bongile, 23, was paralysed from the waist down and re­lied on his mother for as­sis­tance.

Of her award last night, Waxa said: “I am happy that I won. It was one of the sad­dest sto­ries I ever cov­ered… see­ing a young man ly­ing in bed help­lessly was sad. What made me happy the most was that af­ter the story was pub­lished, Bongile’s life changed. As pho­tog­ra­phers our role is to change peo­ple’s lives through our sto­ries.”

Cape Times ed­i­tor Aneez Salie hailed Waxa, say­ing: “We are ab­so­lutely thrilled that Cindy has won this award, it’s richly de­served. She is a very hard-work­ing pho­tog­ra­pher, with a very keen so­cial con­science.” |

CINDY WAXA

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