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South Africa's famous Apartheid-era photographer dead at 83

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Cape Town, South Africa,  May 13 (Infosplusgabon) - Acclaimed South African photographer Sam Nzima who took the iconic image of a dying Hector Pieterson during the 1976 Soweto uprising, died in Nelspruit on Saturday. He was 83.

His Apartheid-era picture, which was taken on June 16, showed 13-year-old Pieterson being carried by a distraught Mbuyisa Makhubo while blood gushed from his mouth.


The extraordinary image flashed around the world, serving notice that the revolution was officially underway and something would have to be done to tame a land that had so badly lost its way.


TIME magazine noted that “the seeds of international opposition that would eventually topple the racist system had been planted by a photograph”.


The South African authorities responded by placing Nzima under house arrest for 19 months.


Economic Freedom Fighters politician Godrich Gardee on Sunday said “the last click of liberation struggle cameraman is no more… in powerful peace and rise in glory”.






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