Parliament extends condolences on Sam Nzima’s death

Photojournalist Sam Nzima is is reflected on a mirror inside his museum in Lilydale in Mpumalanga, 24 June 2014. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Nzima, 83, died on Saturday evening at Rob Ferreira Hospital in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

Parliament’s presiding officers, on behalf of parliament, joined others on Sunday in extending deep condolences on the death of veteran photographer Masana Samuel “Sam” Nzima, 83, who died on Saturday evening at Rob Ferreira Hospital in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

Nzima’s iconic June 16, 1976 photograph of Mbuyisa Makhubu carrying the fatally wounded Hector Pieterson away from the rioting crowd at the Soweto student uprising became a historical landmark feature.

“Mr Nzima belonged to a generation of photographers who used the power of the camera lens to make an immense contribution to the struggle against that repressive [apartheid] regime and to bring about freedom and democracy. We are saddened by Mr Nzima’s passing and our thoughts are with Mr Nzima’s family and friends at this time of loss and grieving,” parliament said in a statement.

– African News Agency (ANA)



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