June 16 lensman Sam Nzima dies

File Mr Sam Nzima with Siphiwe Nyathi a local journalist Mpumalanga News

He said that Nzima died at about 6pm on Saturday evening.

Nzima is known for capturing the iconic picture of Hector Pieterson on 16 June 1976 during the youth uprising in Soweto.

At the same time, Parliament's Arts and Culture committee's Xoliswa Tom says they are saddened by the death of Nzima whose memory will be preserved in the collection of country's history.

Nzima said that for many years he regretted taking the photo because it destroyed his career in journalism.

Legendary photojournalist Sam NzimaNzima is remembered for taking the iconic photo of Hector Pieterson that drew the world's attention to the atrocities of apartheid during the 1976 uprising. "His camera captured the full brutality of apartheid oppression on the nation's psyche and history - from the Defiance Campaign through to forced removals and the Soweto student uprisings", read the statement. But he became proud when he saw the lasting influence of his photo and its contribution to ending apartheid, he said.

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The image displayed the brutality of the apartheid government to the world.

In 1998 Nzima won the copyright for the much reproduced photo.

The ANC also noted how Nzima's image had been placed on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential photographs ever taken. The museum, opened in 2002 in Soweto, shows the history of the Soweto students' uprising on June 16, 1976.

The iconic photo can now be found at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum in South Africa. The seeds of worldwide opposition that would eventually topple apartheid had been planted.

In 2011, Nzima was awarded the bronze National Order of Ikhamanga on Freedom Day.

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