What is Ramaphosa hoping to achieve with his African envoys, analysts wonder

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What is Ramaphosa hoping to achieve with his African envoys, analysts wonder

President Cyril Ramaphosa participates in the 12th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) in Niamey, Republic of Niger. The Summit will mark the entry into force of the Agreement on the Establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and will formally launch the operational phase of the African Internal Market. The Summit will also decide on the location and structure of the AfCFTA Secretariat. 07/07/2019. Siyabulela Duda

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s unprecedented decision to dispatch a high-profile delegation of envoys to at least seven African countries to explain the recent xenophobic violence has solicited mixed reactions from political analysts.

Ramaphosa issued a thinly veiled apology on Saturday while addressing mourners at the funeral of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko, said the special envoys – Jeff Radebe, Ambassador Kingsley Mamabolo and Dr Khulu Mbatha – would deliver a message from Ramaphosa regarding the recent violence which had manifested in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property. “The envoys are tasked with reassuring fellow African countries that SA is committed to the ideals of Pan-African unity and solidarity. The envoys will also reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to the rule of law.” Diko said they would brief...


 


 


 

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