Photographer, Abdul Shariff, is murdered in Katlehong

Abdul Shariff

Sunday, 9 January 1994

On 9 January 1994, Abdul Shariff a freelance photographer was shot in the back and killed while covering an African National Congress (ANC) delegation visit to Katlehong near Johannesburg. A member of the Impact Visuals co-operative said Shariff was hit by fire from a hostel occupied by Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) supporters. Apparently, the gunshots were intended for Cyril Ramaphosa and Joe Slovo who were part of the visiting delegation.

Shariff was born in Verulam, Natal and began fighting against apartheid from an early age. He was involved in the student political movement at high school where he became a coordinator of the school boycotts. From his early documentary projects for student publications, Shariff became known for documenting political violence.

Shariff's photographic work continues to appear in major news publications in South Africa, Europe, Canada and the United States of America (USA).

• South Africa Report Archive, (1994) Obituary: Abdul Shariff' from Southern Africa Report Archive, [online] Available at[Accessed: 27 October 2010]
• Simmons, S.L. (1997) Terrorism 1992-1995' (Greenwood Publishing Group) pp 541 - 542

Last updated : 09-Jan-2016

This article was produced by South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011

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