Tributes pour for Sam Nz­ima

The South African pho­tog­ra­pher who took the iconic im­age of a black high school stu­dent carr ying a fa­tally wounded stu­dent away from the gun­fire of apartheid po­lice in 1976

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Re­porter [email protected]­ner-city-gazette.co.za

Sam Nz­ima was one of a kind,” said Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, in a state­ment. “His cam­era cap­tured the full bru­tal­ity of apartheid op­pres­sion on the na­tion’s psy­che and his­tory.”

Nz­ima’s photo of the dy­ing Pi­eter­son “caused the world to come to terms with the ... evil of the apartheid sys­tem,” said the rul­ing party, the African Na­tional Congress (ANC), in a state­ment.

“This came at a price to Nz­ima who was sub­jected to count­less acts of in­tim­i­da­tion.”

Harassed by the apartheid regime, Nz­ima re­signed from The World news­pa­per and left Jo­han­nes­burg for his home­town Li­ly­dale, where he was placed un­der house ar­rest for 19 months.

Nz­ima said that for many years he re­gret­ted tak­ing the

photo be­cause it de­stroyed his ca­reer in jour­nal­ism. But he be­came proud when he saw the last­ing in­flu­ence of his photo and its con­tri­bu­tion to end­ing apartheid, he said.

In 1998 Nz­ima won the copy­right for the much re­pro­duced photo. In his later years he taught pho­tog­ra­phy to young stu­dents in ru­ral Bush­buck­ridge in Mpumalanga Province.

Nz­ima’s photo is the cen­ter­piece of the Hec­tor Pi­eter­son Me­mo­rial and Mu­seum which shows his­tory of the Soweto stu­dents’ up­ris­ing on June 16, 1976. The mu­seum was opened in Soweto in 2002 and is one of South Africa’s most vis­ited sites. Pi­eter­son’s sis­ter, An­toinette, whose grief is cap­tured in the photo, has for many years been a guide at the mu­seum.

Nz­ima’s pho­to­graph of the Soweto stu­dent up­ris­ing gal­va­nized in­ter­na­tional pub­lic opin­ion against apartheid, South Africa’s sys­tem of racial dis­crim­i­na­tion that ended in 1994. The com­pelling photo shows 16-year-old Mbuy­isa Makhubu car­ry­ing the crum­pled...

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