Sam Nzima: Life after capturing image of Hector Pieterson during 1976 Uprisings

Sam Nzima's love for photography was inspired by his teacher when he was a young boy at school.

Nzima, the man behind the iconic 1976 image of the Soweto student uprising which immortalised an 18-year-old Mbuyisa Makhubu carrying a lifeless Hector Pieterson, has been living a modest life in his village home in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to the revered photographer about capturing the plight of the protesting students, and his life since quitting photography.

Listen to the interview below:

I was inspired by our teacher, Ben Mhlongo. He came with a Kodak box camera and started taking pictures at our school. I couldn't believe it.

Sam Nzima, photographer

Nzima currently owns a bottle store in his home village. The right to use his iconic picture comes at a fee of R25 000.

I registered Sam Nzima Foundation. I want to put up a photo gallery, a museum and a school of photojournalism.

Sam Nzima, photographer

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