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2012-10-22 09:51
Johannesburg - Acclaimed photographer Alfred Kumalo helped to end apartheid through his art, the ANC said on Monday.

Kumalo's work spoke volumes, providing the international community with evidence of the brutality of apartheid, spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

As such, his work helped to mount international pressure against the apartheid regime.

On Sunday it was reported that Kumalo, 82, died from renal failure at a Johannesburg hospital. He was born in Alexandra, and made his name as a photographer for Drum Magazine.

Mthembu described Kumalo's career as "industrious and illustrious" and "journalism in the highest form".

"The ANC and the people of South Africa are forever indebted to Alf Kumalo for being at their service and striving to expose a system that was inhuman."

Mthembu extended the party's condolences to Kumalo's family and his colleagues in the media industry.


Kumalo, who matriculated at the Wilberforce Institute in Evaton, began his working career as a journalist and photographer for Bantu World in Johannesburg in 1951. In 1956 he took up a permanent position at the Golden City Post.

He covered historic events including the 1976 student uprising, the 1980s state of emergency, the unbanning of the liberation movements and the inauguration of South Africa's first democratic government. His career which spanned more than half a century.

Despite his advanced age, Kumalo still worked professionally and ran a professional photographic school in Diepkloof. In 2004, Kumalo was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga, an award recognising his contribution to documentary photography and journalism in South Africa.

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