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.
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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