Book on Sam Nzima to be released

Iconic photographer’s book and documentary in the offing

Benson Ntlemo

A book on life of the legendary photographer Sam Nzima who took the well-known Hector Peterson picture in 1976 is expected soon.

This was announced at the third Sam Nzima memorial service at Nkwinya mahembe in Lillydale on Saturday.

The event was organized by the Sam Nzima Foundation.

Nzima’s eldest son Thulani showed people a copy of the book and said it would be released in August in conjunction with the late lens man’s birth day.

Nzima’s son Thulani and his mother Zinziswa Thelma Nzima with a copy of the book

“Yesterday we had a memorial lecture at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg and you would be amazed if you heard what speakers at the event were saying about Sam Nzima,” said Thulani.

He said a documentary would also be released on Sam Nzima.

Thulani Nzima urged his family to feel proud about Nzima’s works because they are acknowledged all over the world.

Following his death, the late Nzima has received many accolades because of his picture which came to depict the brutality of the apartheid regime.

In the year 2020 he was posthumously honoured by the Tshwane University of Technology with a degree of Doctorate in Arts and design (honoris causa).
His family has also donated the house he lived in to the foundation and the foundation has pledged to build the Centre of Excellence which will be used for training people in different fields such as journalism.

A piece of land has also been secured from the Jongilanga Traditional Council which will be used for the Sam Nzima Legacy projects.

“We are still on course to do many things to continue the legacy of my late father,” said Thulani Nzima.

Some of the people who attended the event included the national coordinator of the Sam Nzima Foundation, Babalwa Hope, uthukela mayor Siphiwe Mazibuko and fellow member of the Nzima clan Ubumbano Lwamangwe.

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