Sam Nzima Photo Of Hector Pieterson In Soweto Receives Award From South African President Jacob Zuma

By on Apr 28, 2011 in Africa, Arts, Entertainment Comments


Hector Pieterson’s Photo
Image Credit: Cronkite Files

South African photographer, Sam Nzima, received a national award from President Jacob Zuma during the Freedom Day celebration in South Africa on Wednesday, April 28, 2011.

As earlier reported by several international news sites, Nzima received the Order of Ikhamanga, an award that recognizes South Africans who excel in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sports. He was aligned to previous winners that include jazz legend Hugh Masekela and novelist Alan Paton.

Nzima’s photograph has drawn attention from the public when he captured a dying Hector Pieterson, a 13-year-old shot by police during the June 16, 1976 Soweto uprising.

According to Nzima, his photograph “tells the story of what happened. You don’t even need a caption to see that something terrible has happened.”



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