Family of the late Sam Nzima donates house to foundation

Museum started to keep the memory of iconic photographer Sam Nzima alive

Nzima family donates house to foundation

Benson Ntlemo

The family of famed photographer Sam Nzima who hogged international headlines after he clicked the camera to capture a historic moment on June 16 1976 of a shot Hector Peterson being carried by Mbuyiso Makhubu to the car that was to take him to hospital has decided to assist his foundation to keep his memory alive.

The family has donated his house to the foundation to turn it into a museum.

“Just like the students who protested against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction, my father was also a hero because his picture was used worldwide and played a big role in drawing the international community’s spotlight to the brutality of the apartheid regime, “said his son Thulani.

He said the foundation plans to build the Sam Nzima Legacy Centre which will house the School of Excellence, photojournalism school, Early Childhood Development Centre, a museum and a community facility.
Nzima died on May 12 2018.

To mark his role in the struggle for liberation, the foundation started an annual commemoration service on each June 16 in his honour starting from his first anniversary in 2019.

But this year because of the Convid-19 lockdown rules and regulations, the foundation did not have celebrations as planned. Instead the foundation rolled out outreach community programmes.
The foundation donated food parcels, blankets and Personal protective materials.

In another development the foundation extended a token of appreciation to two journalists Oris Mnisi and Banson Ntlemo.

Thulani Nzima said the two were identified for special appreciation because they have long been in the field of journalism which us not easy especially during the Convid -19 lockdowns.

“To appreciate them is to honour the legacy of my father who was in the same field,” said Thulani Nzima.

All the pictures by Oris Mnisi

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