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RIP, Alfred Kumalo (5 September 1930 – 21 October 2012)

8115It is with great sadness that Penguin Books SA acknowledges the passing of veteran photojournalist and much-loved author, Alf Kumalo. Alf passed away in a Johannesburg hospital on Sunday night from renal failure. He was 82.

Alf was born in Johannesburg and began his working career as a journalist in 1951 where he freelanced for Bantu World. In 1956 he found a permanent position at the Golden City Post. During his time as a documentary photographer, Kumalo covered events such as the Treason Trial, the Rivonia Trial, trade union activity in the 1970s and the rise of the Black Consciousness Movement. He also photographed several historically prominent events. These include the Student Uprising of 1976, the 1980s State of Emergency, the un-banning of the liberation movements, the Codesa talks, the first democratic elections and the inauguration of South Africa’s first democratic government. To honour his contribution to documentary photography and journalism in South Africa, the South African Government bestowed Alf with the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver at the National Orders awards on 19 October 2004.

8115: A Prisoner’s Home by Alf Kumalo and Zukiswa Wanner was published by Penguin Books in June 2010. This photographic journal is a rare and personal view into the private life of the Mandela family.

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