Mukoni Ratshitanga
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7 Feb 2020
6:27 am

Beware SA exceptionalism in the AU setup

Mukoni Ratshitanga

While leading the AU, we should resist the temptation to proselytise because we possess neither exceptionalism nor superiority.

Mukoni Ratshitanga.

Next week, South Africa will assume the position of chair of the continent’s premier body, the African Union (AU). It is an important passing of the baton from one country to another – this time from Egypt to South Africa – in Africa’s determined relay race to shape her future for the better. Underscoring the enormity of the enterprise is this year’s theme of the AU heads of state and government summit – the 33rd – currently taking place at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: “Silence the guns: creating conducive conditions for Africa’s development”. An ambitious objective agreed...