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Peter Magubane cause of death: Age, wife, children net worth and more revealed

Peter Magubane cause of death: Age, wife, children, net worth and more –

Peter Magubane was a South African photographer and anti-apartheid activist who died on 1 January 2024. He was also the personal photographer of President Nelson Mandela.

In the 1960s, amid a surge in anti-apartheid activism, he covered Nelson Mandela’s arrest and the banning of the now-ruling African National Congress (ANC) party.

A decade on, he was winning international accolades with his coverage of the Soweto student uprising.

He was regularly harassed, assaulted, arrested and, starting in 1969, locked up for 586 days of solitary confinement.

But Magubane kept taking photos and, in the 1990s, was appointed as newly-released Mandela’s official photographer.

Peter Magubane
Peter Magubane

Peter Magubane Cause of death

Magubane died Monday, according to the South African National Editors’ Forum, which said it had been informed of his death by his family.

He was a “legendary photojournalist,” the editors’ forum said. The South African government said Magubane “covered the most historic moments in the liberation struggle against apartheid.”

He was “someone who made very big sacrifices for the freedom that we enjoy today,” his granddaughter Ulungile Magubane told Reuters.

“Luckily he was alive to see the country change for the better,” she said.

Peter Magubane
Veteran photojournalist doctor Peter Magubane looks on during the funeral of Albertina Sisulu, a leading light of the former anti-apartheid movement and widow of an early mentor of Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg, South Africa June 11, 2011. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

Peter Magubane Age

Peter Magubane passed away on January 1, 2024 at the age of 91. He was born on January 18, 1932 in Vrededorp (now Pageview, a suburb of Johannesburg), and grew up in Sophiatown, South Africa.

He began taking photographs using a Kodak Brownie box camera as a schoolboy. In 1954 he read a copy of Drum, a magazine known for its reporting of urban blacks and the effects of apartheid.

“They were dealing with social issues that affected black people in South Africa. I wanted to be part of that magazine.”

Magubane started employment at Drum as a driver. After six months of odd jobs, he was given a photography assignment under the mentorship of Jürgen Schadeberg, the chief photographer. He borrowed a camera and covered the 1955 ANC convention. “I went back to the office with good results and never looked back.”

Being on assignment in the early years was not easy, as he recalled: “We were not allowed to carry a camera in the open if the police were involved, so I often had to hide my camera to get the pictures I wanted. On occasion I hid my camera in a hollowed-out Bible, firing with a cable release in my pocket. At another time, at a trial in Zeerust from which the press were banned, I hid my Leica 3G in a hollowed-out loaf of bread and pretended to eat while I was actually shooting pictures; when the bread went down, I bought milk and hid the camera in the carton. And I got away with it. You had to think fast and be fast to survive in those days.

Magubane photographed most of South Africa’s historic moments, such as Sharpeville in 1960 and also Mandela’s Rivonia trial in 1964. He later recalled: “I had never seen so many dead people.” His editor wanted to know why he had not taken any close-ups. Magubane then “decided I was not going to get emotionally involved, or at least not until after I have done my work.

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Peter Magubane Wife

Peter Magubane was a married man and had children. However, information regarding his wife is not accessible to the public.

Peter Magubane Children

Magubane had three other children; his eldest daughter Fikile and youngest son Ipeleng. His son Charlie was murdered in 1992 at the age 30 during the tumultuous period of violence after former president Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

He was missing for weeks and was later identified by Magubane at the mortuary with a gun shot wound to the head and hack wounds.

Peter Magubane
Peter Magubane

Peter Magubane Net Worth

According to various online sources, Peter Magubane’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $5 million as of 2023.

He earned his money from being a professional photographer and an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa.

He was also the personal photographer of President Nelson Mandela2. He passed away on January 1, 2024, at the age of 91.

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