Johannesburg - The Thabo Mbeki Foundation has expressed shock at the death of former United Nations (UN) secretary general Kofi Annan.
"It was with great shock that the patron of our foundation former president Thabo Mbeki and the rest of the foundation heard the news that the former secretary general of the United Nations Mr Kofi Annan had passed away," the foundation said in a statement on Saturday.
This was particularly shocking given that only a month ago, in July, a healthy looking Annan had joined the people of South Africa in Johannesburg to celebrate the centenary of the birth of former president Nelson Mandela.
"Over the years, as Africans, we have held Kofi Annan in high esteem. Following on the footsteps of Boutros Boutros Ghali he was the second African to hold the high position of secretary general of the UN. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize because of his contribution to world peace during his tenure as UN Secretary General.
"The outstanding African diplomat Kofi Annan dedicated his adult life to the service of all humanity. He, therefore, worked in the United Nations for many decades, serving in different positions within the organisation and its agencies," the foundation said.