Tributes pour in for Sam Nzima’s family

Mr Sam Nzima/ Mpumalanga News

Tributes continue to pour in after the passing of a veteran photojournalist Mr Sam Nzima over the weekend. He died at the age of 83 at Rob Ferreira Hospital on Saturday evening.

“This is a loss for all of us; a loss to the nation, his organisation, family and for both aspiring and practicing journalists. My condolences to all who were close to him,” said Dr Isaac Tlou.

File: Mr Sam Nzima with Siphiwe Nyathi a local journalist/ Mpumalanga News

Tlou added that he got to know Nzima back in the 1980s and remembers how Nzima spoke fondly about his camera during a funeral they attended in 1983 where a student from the University of Zululand was shot during the apartheid regime. “He was carrying his camera and talked fondly of it,” he said.

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In a statement issued by the presidency, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Nzima was one of a kind. “His camera captured the full brutality of apartheid oppression on the nation’s psyche and history – from the Defiance Campaign through to forced removals and the Soweto student uprisings,” read the statement.

“We will especially remember his iconic photograph of a dying young Hector Pieterson which became a symbol of resistance against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in the black schools.”

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