President Cyril Ramaphosa started a year-long journey as chair of the 55-member AU with a specific mandate: to silence the guns that have made almost the entire continent a battlefield.

A tall order, if not an impossible task, for a leader whose own country is lurching from crisis to crisis largely because of his  and his party’s inaction on key issues such as energy, jobs, dilapidated infrastructure, crime and a host of other social ills that accompany low economic growth...

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