Tributes have started pouring in for veteran photographer Sam Nzima who died Saturday night.

Nzima collapsed on Thursday and had been admitted to the Rob Ferreira hospital in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

The 83-year-old Nzima is known for taking the iconic Hector Peterson photo during the Soweto uprising in 1976 as the police were shooting at schoolchildren who were protesting against the education system.

Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Pat Ngomane says they have lost a great leader in Nzima.

“He was a member of the ANC, Nzima was a veteran of the ANC, always giving advice to the members of the ANC at whatever level. He was also a member of that particular veterans’ league in Mpumalanga. He was giving advice to the PEC and all the levels.”

“So we are very much saddened to loose a member of his calibre,” says Ngomane.