Kodwa to visit Magubane family

Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Zizi Kodwa, is expected to visit the family of legendary photographer and anti-apartheid activist, Dr Peter Magubane, to pay his respects.

Wednesday’s visit follows the passing of Magubane on Monday.

The Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture said the Minister will be joined by Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi and Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Morakane Mosupyoe.

The Minister, President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mosupyoe are among those who have expressed their condolences following the passing of the 91-year-old icon.

‘I have learned with great sadness of the passing of… Peter Magubane. On behalf of government and the nation, I offer my deep condolences to the Magubane family, our veteran’s friends and his countless associates around the country and globally,’ said President Ramaphosa.

The President said Magubane created ‘iconic visual records of our struggle for freedom and of the full range of life in our country”.

Kodwa wrote on social media: ‘South Afric
a has lost a freedom fighter, a masterful storyteller and lensman. Recognised in the ‘Van Toeka Af Living Legends Recognition Series’, Dr Peter Magubane fearlessly documented apartheid’s injustices. My thoughts and prayers are with Dr Magubane’s family.’

Meanwhile, Lesufi mourned the passing of the acclaimed photographer and anti-apartheid activist, saying Magubane documented the raw images of the horrific Sharpeville massacre and other crimes committed by the apartheid regime, which helped to change public sentiment against the system throughout the world.

‘Dr Magubane was a gift to South Africa. With his camera lens, he shaped and changed South Africa’s destiny. He was a national treasure who will be remembered for his contribution to the field of photography and respected for his courage in the face of oppression.

‘He never wavered in his resolve to record the truth, even in the face of attempts by the apartheid regime to intimidate and silence him. He leaves behind a rich legacy of having changed South
Africa for the better,’ said the Premier in a statement on Tuesday.

The life and times of an icon

Magubane was born on 18 January 1932 Vrededorp (now Pageview, a suburb of Johannesburg), and grew up in Sophiatown. He began taking photographs as a schoolboy.

In 1954, he read a copy of Drum magazine, which detailed the effects of apartheid. He decided he wanted to be part of the magazine.

Magubane started employment at Drum as a driver. After six months of odd jobs, he was given a photography assignment under the mentorship of Jrgen Schadeberg, the chief photographer. He covered the 1955 African National Congress (ANC) convention.

Magubane photographed most of South Africa’s historic moments, such as Sharpeville in 1960 and Nelson Mandela’s Rivonia trial in 1964.

He was arrested in June 1969 while photographing protesters outside Pretoria Central Prison, where Winnie Madikizela Mandela was jailed. Magubane was later held in solitary confinement for 586 days.

Magubane has worked for Rand Daily Mail and ha
s worked on assignments for Time magazine, the United Nations and Sports Illustrated photographing a series about the South African teenage runner, Zola Budd.

Following Mandela’s release from prison, Magubane became his official photographer in 1990, until he became the country’s President.

Magubane received several prestigious awards and honours throughout his illustrious career. Some of the notable recognitions he received include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Press Photographers’ Association (NPPA).

In 2017, Magubane was honoured with the Order of Luthuli in silver.

Other notable achievements include:

1958 – First black South African to win a photographic prize in the country – first and third prizes were awarded to him for Best Press pictures of the year.

1985 – Robert Capa Gold Medal.

1986 – Dr. Erich Salomon Award.

1992 – Special Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

1995 – Martin Luther King Luthuli Award.

1997 – Lifetime Achievement Award from the M
other Jones Foundation and Leica Cameras.

1997 – Fellowship by the Tom Hopkinson School of Journalism and Cultural Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff

1999 – Order for Meritorious Service Class II from President Mandela.

2003 – Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of South Africa.

2006 – Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Fort Hare.

2006 – Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the Tshwane University of Technology.

2006 – Doctor of Law (honoris causa) Rhodes University.

2008 – Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society, UK.

2010 – Cornell Capa Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography.

2010 – Honorary doctorate degree from Columbia College (Chicago).

2015 – Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity.

He published a total of 17 books, two of which were banned by the apartheid regime. -SAnews.gov.za

Source: South African Government News Agency

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