Nzima died in a Nelspruit hospital in Mpumalanga on Saturday evening‚ sources close to the family told TimesLIVE.
Those riots, led by high school students, became the watershed point in South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle.
A photojournalist attached to The World newspaper at the time, Nzima captured a crying Mbuyisa Makhubu and Antoinette Sithole rushing the fatally wounded 13-year-old Pieterson to a vehicle.
"He captured history from the defiance campaign through to forced removals and the Soweto student uprisings", the president said.
In a statement, committee chairperson Xoliswa Tom said: "Mr Nzima played a pivotal role in exposing the evil of the apartheid regime". "This came at a price to Nzima who was subjected to countless acts of intimidation".
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President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to the self-taught veteran photographer, who was placed under house arrest for 19 months after the image was published.
In 1998 Nzima won the copyright for the much reproduced photo.
Former journalist and playwright Duma Ka Ndlovu was in the firing line with photographer Sam Nzima during the June 16 uprising.
Nzima's photograph was listed by the Time magazine as one of 100 most influential images of all time.
"Suddenly the world could no longer ignore apartheid", wrote Time.