Khumalo's contribution remarkable: SACP

By Drum Digital
23 October 2012

Photographer Alf Kumalo's contribution to journalism and South Africa's struggle for liberation was remarkable, the SA Communist Party said

on Tuesday.

"He used the camera to capture important and historic moments in our struggle for national liberation and reconstruction -- indeed significant moments that tell the South African story," SACP spokesman Malesela Maleka said in a statement.

"At each important epoch of confrontation with the barbaric apartheid regime we all could rely on his pictures to expose the brutality of the regime and to tell the rest of the world of the struggles of our people."

Kumalo, 82, died of renal failure in a Johannesburg hospital on Sunday.

President Jacob Zuma said on Monday that Kumalo was an "outstanding individual".

"He was a meticulous photographer and his work will live on forever as a monument to the people's resilience and fortitude in the face of oppression and apartheid. We have lost a great South African," Zuma said in a statement.

Kumalo received the National Order of Ikhamanga and several other awards, including the prestigious Nat Nakasa Award.

Parliament's portfolio committee on arts and culture said the country had been robbed of one of its celebrated artists and it called on people to support his photography school.

"We hope that his work will serve as an inspiration to budding photo-journalists and artists so they can also have fulfilling careers," said chairwoman Thandile Sundusa.

Political parties praised Kumalo's contribution to documenting the country's history.

-by Sapa

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