The African National Congress has received with profound sadness the news of the passing of former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Mr. Kofi Annan today following a short illness.

An eminent and distinguished son of Africa, Mr Annan was a great friend of the people of South Africa who played an immeasurable role in shaping the global agenda in favour of the people of the developing South. As the 7th UN Secretary General from 1996 to 2006, Mr Annan painstackingly utilised his tenure to advance peace and sustainable development while working determinedly to push back the frontiers of poverty and underdevelopment.

At the time of his passing, Mr Annan formed part of the group of eminent persons, the Elders, who’s stated mission was working together for peace and human rights. Amongst his many passions was silencing the guns on the African continent and delivering universal health coverage to all our people.

The ANC joins the people of the world in mourning the departure of this great stateman. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Annan family during this difficult period of grief.

Issued by the African National Congress
Zizi Kodwa
Head of Presidency
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