Veteran photographer Sam Nzima dies at 83

He was admitted to a Mbombela hospital the past three days.


The Bushbuckridge photographer who took the iconic photo of 12-year-old Hector Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo has died.

Sam Nzima died at 83 at a Mbombela hospital on Saturday evening, his family confirmed.

They say the photojournalist collapsed on Thursday and had to be rushed to hospital where he died three days later.

Nzima was working for The World newspaper – beginning from the late 1960s – when he took the famous photo.

The photo shows the emotional scene of Makhubu carrying a dying 12-year-old Hector and sister Antoinette Peterson (17) running near them.

They were pupils in Soweto during the 1976 student uprising on 16 June where more than 20 000 pupils participated, fighting against the use of Afrikaans as a language of teaching.

He was born on 8 August 1934 in the Bushbuckridge village of Lillydale.

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