The former president of south africa Nelson Mandela don die.
He died surrounded by his family at his Johannesburg home at 8.50pm local time.
Mr Mandela, who was 95, will get a state funeral and national flags will be lowered to half mast, said Mr Zuma the present president of South Africa. He had been receiving medical treatment for the last three years and for the last six months has been critically ill.
The anti-apartheid icon served as South Africa's first black president from 1994 to 1999, after spending 27 years in the notorious Robben Island prison.
Madiba - as he was affectionately known by many in South Africa - was released in 1990 and went on to guide his country to democracy.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "A great light has gone out in the world.
"Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I've asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast."