The recent spate of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals and foreign-owned businesses could have put  SA in a defensive position in the ongoing  negotiations of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), Wamkele Mene the country's former chief negotiator said on Thursday.

Mene was speaking at a panel discussion on  the AfCFTA hosted by law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and Business Unity SA (Busa). The AfCTA, which became operational in July, promises  to promote the free movement of goods and services across the continent and increase intra-Africa trade which currently sits at a very low 16%. 

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