Much was at stake on Saturday as President Cyril Ramaphosa entered closed-door talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, as part of an African delegation to try to create a pathway towards peace negotiations after the invasion of Ukraine.

The presidency is under pressure to explain the apparent shambolic planning of the trip, which included Ramaphosa travelling to a war zone without a full security detail and a media contingent from SA stranded in Poland. It also tried unsuccessfully to play down Ramaphosa retreating to a bomb shelter in Kyiv, Ukraine, amid an apparent missile attack from Russia...

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