Tributes pour in for Sam Nzima's family

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

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

When Sam Nzima was growing up in his village of Lillydale in Bushbuckridge, he dreamt big and wanted to make a difference.

"We understand that he was also a public figure and not just a family man, so we will be sharing information with the public as and when it becomes available", he said.

A South African photographer, who captured the iconic black-and-white picture of a dying 13-year-old activist shot by apartheid police during the 1976 Soweto uprising, has died. Altogether, 575 people were killed that day.

South African photographer Sam Nzima, has passed away at the age of 83.

Nzima was working for the World Newspaper when he took the famous photograph. Nzima was put under house arrest after his Pieterson image was published around the world.

"Mr Sam Nzima was one of a kind, ? said President Cyril Ramaphosa, "his camera captured the full brutality of apartheid oppression on the nation?s psyche and history". The government reacted with brutal force, killing hundreds of its citizens.

For years, Nzima struggled for the copyright of the image due to the fact that the institution that he worked for at the time believed that they owned the rights to the photo.

The picture earned him a spot in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential photographs ever taken. The museum was opened in Soweto in 2002 and is one of South Africa's most visited sites. The seeds of worldwide opposition that would eventually topple apartheid had been planted.

Both the President and the ANC noted the awarding of the Order of Ikhamanga in Bronze in 2011 to Nzima for his contribution to photojournalism in South Africa.

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