Kofi Annan was a man I trusted. Why? Because he cared. The Kofi I knew was authentic.
There walk among us those who carry a magnetism of our shared humanity and radiate that positive energy with humility and a softness that engenders Trust. Kofi Annan was such a person.
He carried that Madiba Magic effortlessly. Selflessly. Touching the lives of millions. I trusted him. I admired him. I saw in him a "servant leader". It is a trait so lacking in global political leaders today.
I remember his wise words exchanged with him on the occasion of the Mandela Centenary Celebrations in Johannesburg, just a month ago. We shared our hopes and aspirations for the future of SA, Africa and the world.
The turbulence we felt is growing. Chaos, war, conflict, violence against innocent women and children is exploding. We discussed the volatile, uncertain world we leave to young people. They face an ecological emergency, growing inequality...