Former South African President Frederick Willem de Klerk, the last president of apartheid South Africa, has died.
De Klerk died aged 85 after a battle with cancer.
"Deputy President De Klerk's passing, weeks before the 25th anniversary of our democratic Constitution, should inspire all of us to reflect on the birth of our democracy and on our shared duty to remain true to the values of our Constitution" President Cyril Ramaphosa, said in a statement.
He shared a Nobel Peace Prize with South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, in 1993, awarded to the men for their work in bringing about the end of apartheid.
He remained a divisive, controversial figure up until his death.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu paid tribute to his compatriot on Thursday, saying he "recognized the moment for change and demonstrated the will to act on it."
"The former President occupied an historic but difficult space in South Africa," a statement from Tutu's office said. "Although some South Africans found the global recognition of Mr De Klerk hard to accept, Mr Mandela, himself, praised him for his courage in seeing the country's political transformation process through."
His death comes with mixed reactions on social media platforms. Some have gone as far as calling for him not to get a state funeral.
"South Africa is not divided we rejoice the death of De Klerk and we aree very clear on that" said one twitter user.