Sam Nzima hailed for role in ’76 Soweto uprising

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Specialist in Human and Fundamental Rights, Advocate Mahlodi Sam Muofhe, says late veteran photojournalist Sam Nzima played a huge role in the struggle and will be missed.

Nzima is known for the picture of Hector Pieterson which he took during the Soweto Uprising in 1976.

Muofhe says the class of 1976 regarded Nzima as their father and they confided in him as he protected and guided them.

“Journalists like him and Zwelakhe Sisulu assisted us so much in trying to spread our message as the class of 1976. We relied heavily on our journalists, even though they were journalists, they were on our side. Ntate Nzima did a great job and the photo he took of Hector Pieterson made the world realise how cruel Apartheid was, it was that photo which in my view that even in the United Nations declared apartheid a sin against humanity.”

Nzima will be laid to rest on Saturday in Lillydale.

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