Sam Nzima angered by dogs in Hector Pieterson photo

The school has since apologised about the issue.


Bushbuckridge veteran photographer Sam Nzima is not happy with the replacement of the faces of Hector Peterson and Mbuyisa Makhubu with dogs in the iconic photograph.

He says he considers taking legal action against the school.

“The drawing really offended me,” he said this week.

“It shows us as dogs. I’m really not happy,” Nzima said.

The iconic photograph was a week ago reproduced as a drawing by a pupil at the Selborne College for the class of 2017 and their faces appear to have been replaced with those of dogs causing a social media storm the past weekend.

Sam Nzima angered by dogs in Hector Pieterson photo

The reproduced Selborne college image

Nzima’s instant fame as a photographer working for The World newspaper when it made headlines across the globe.

He copyrighted the photograph with Adams and Adams.

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

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.

Sam Nzima angered by dogs in Hector Pieterson photo

© Sam Nzima

Nzima photographed Hector on the corner of Moema and Vilakazi Streets in Orlando West, near Phefeni High School while everyone was running away from cops on the Wednesday morning of the 16 June.

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