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Hector Pieterson Biography 1964 – 1976


Zolile Hector Pieterson was a South African schoolboy who was shot and killed at the age of twelve during the Soweto uprising, when the police opened fire on black students protesting the enforcement of teaching in Afrikaans, mostly spoken by the white and coloured population in South Africa, whereas they wanted to learn their native language, Zulu.

A news photograph by Sam Nzima of the mortally wounded Pieterson being carried by another Soweto resident while his sister ran next to them was published around the world. The anniversary of his death is designated Youth Day.

Hector Pieterson

BORN: 1964

HOME TOWN: Soweto, South Africa

PARENT: Dorothy Molefi (mother) and Vivian Pieterson (father)

DIED: 16 June 1976

PLACE OF DEATH: Soweto, South Africa

RESTING PLACE: Avalon Cemetery, Soweto, South Africa


AWARDS: Hector Pieterson received The World’s Children’s Honorary Award 2000, posthumously…

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