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Alf Kumalo dies (aged 82)

By Lindile Sifile | Oct 22, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 14 ]

VETERAN South African photographer Alf Kumalo died yesterday morning.

His younger brother, Len, said Kumalo, 82, had suffered from prostate cancer and kidney failure.

"He has been sick for a long time and has been in and out of hospital since March this year. It got worse recently but he could still walk with some assistance," he said.

Kumalo had been living in a retirement village in Woodmead, Johannesburg, with his wife, Modiegi.

Peter Magubane, his long-time friend and fellow photographer, said Kumalo lived his life to the fullest.

"We go back a long way - back to the '50s. I'm glad he lived his life the way he wanted. He was a wonderful photographer and always ready to help. Many photographers passed through his hands," he said.

Magubane last saw Kumalo three months ago, when he "looked fine".

Born in Johannesburg in 1930, Kumalo started his career as a freelance journalist for Bantu World in 1951. His passion for photography was noted and in 1956 he moved to Golden City Post. He was a photographer for Drum in the magazine's early years.

Kumalo covered many of South Africa's historical moments such as the Treason Trial, the Rivonia Trial, the union strikes of the 1970s and the rise of the Black Consciousness Movement. His work was published in both local and international newspapers.

In 2002 he opened a museum in Diepkloof, Soweto, which showcases five decades of South African history. The museum, however, has been struggling financially.


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Residence in peace ntate. O botse Hector freedom e fihlile eupsa re fase ga economic apartheid by way of corruption and nepotism.

Oct 22, 2012 7:8 | 0 replies

Its very sad cause we come to know about this great heroes when they are no more. This are the people who also deserve to have street names named after them. Rest in Peace Mr Khumalo and thank you for your contribution to the struggle.

Oct 22, 2012 10:11 | 0 replies

may he rest in peace, he will always be remembered for that photo he took in june 16.

Oct 22, 2012 10:6 | 0 replies

Some people we only get to know them when they are dead.

Oct 22, 2012 9:53 | 0 replies

"May His Soul Rest in Peace"

Oct 22, 2012 9:1 | 0 replies

Thanks for your contribution. You will be missed.

Oct 22, 2012 8:56 | 0 replies

Aai, didn't know the old man!!

Oct 22, 2012 8:39 | 0 replies


Maybe you should have not capitalized that PERHEPS. LOL
And your point is what exactly???????

Oct 22, 2012 8:37 | 0 replies

A truly brilliant photographer and an all round nice guy.
Travel well Mr K.

Oct 22, 2012 8:32 | 0 replies


Maybe you should have not capitalized that PERHEPS. LOL

Oct 22, 2012 8:28 | 0 replies
Oct 22, 2012 8:26 | 0 replies