The Congress of South African Trade Unions joins millions of people in South Africa and around the world to mourn the death of photographer Sam Nzima. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues and friends. This legendary photographer will be remembered for his fearless photojournalism and his role in exposing the evils of the apartheid system. He will be greatly remembered for his dedication and the passion he had for his craft.
Sam Nzima was not just a photographer but was an activist storyteller and a hero to many South Africans for using his talent to tell the story of the oppressed black people against apartheid. His used his photography to give the people of South Africa a voice. He was a pioneer and his picture of a fatally wounded Hector Peterson during the 1976 student uprising informed the world of what the apartheid system was doing but also inspired many to stand up and fight against the fascist and racist regime.
We hope that a new generation of photographers will keep the legacy of Sam Nzima alive and carry the baton going forward. He will be greatly missed by all South Africans.
Issued by COSATU
Sizwe Pamla (Cosatu National Spokesperson)
Tel: 011 339 4911
Fax: 011 339 5080
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