JOHANNESBURG – Lensman and struggle activist Sam Nzima will receive a Special Provincial Official Funeral, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared on Wednesday.
The former photographer, struggle activist and recipient of the Order of Ikhamanga will be buried in his home province of Mpumalanga on Saturday.
Nzima is best known for taking the iconic 1976 photograph of a wounded Hector Pieterson being carried by a friend.
Nzima passed away on May 12 at a hospital in Nelspruit at the age of 83, after a short illness.
“…Nzima will be remembered for his significant contribution he made through photojournalism during the struggle against the vicious racist regime,” Ramaphosa said in a statement.
“Through his lens, he placed the brutality of the apartheid police in the international spotlight."
Ramaphosa also ordered that the national flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in Mpumalanga this Saturday, when Nzima is laid to rest.
The presidency said the Mpumalanga provincial government will communicate further details of the funeral.