Hector Pieterson rushed to a medical clinic during Soweto Uprising, 1976


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Hector Pieterson rushed to a medical clinic during Soweto Uprising, 1976


South Africa-History-Soweto Uprising, 1976
Nonviolence-Soweto, South Africa
Student Protesters-Soweto, South Africa
Police crackdowns-South Africa
Police brutality- Soweto, South Africa
Apartheid in mass media
Apartheid-South Africa
Anti-apartheid movements-South Africa
Volkswagen Beetle automobile


This 1976 photo shows a mortally wounded Hector Pierterson being loaded into a Volkswagen Beetle by Mbuyisa Makhubo while Antoinette Sithole, Pieterson's sister, falls to her knees. All three were student protesters who took part in the Soweto Uprising on June 16, 1976 when thousands of Black South African students participated in a non-violent march against forced Afrikaans instruction. The South African Police responded with military force, shooting and killing student protesters like Hector Pieterson. Makhubo loads Pieterson into Sophie Tema Mosimane's Volkswagen Beetle. Tema Mosimane was a journalist who covered news and human rights for The World, a Black newspaper based in Johannesburg, and worked with the photographer who took this photo, Sam Nzima.


Nzima, Sam


The World Newspaper




Nieves, Angel David


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For item coherence and context consider the following:

Violence against peaceful student protesters
Disappearance of Mbuyisa Makhubo after the Soweto Uprising
Continued death threats and torture of student activists after the Soweto Uprising by the South African state
Police brutality in South Africa

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Nzima, Sam, “Hector Pieterson rushed to a medical clinic during Soweto Uprising, 1976,” Apartheid Heritages Archive, accessed October 22, 2021, http://apartheidheritagesarchive.com/items/show/58.

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