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Whatever slight chance remained that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma could convince the global community she is a worthy SA Presidential successor to her flawed former husband, has now gone. The organisation she runs, the African Union, last night buckled to the bullies in Burundi. The country has been wracked with violence after revolts erupted when President Pierre Nkurunziza refused to step down after his second term, which the Constitution requires him to do. Citizens of Burundi have taken to the streets to demand his departure, meeting a brutal response from Nkurunziza’s loyalists. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recommended external troops be sent into Burundi to quell the violence. But the AU, for all its prognostications about apparent support of democracy, clearly prefers the Pontius Pilate option, last night washing its hands of any concrete involvement. Authentic leadership comes through taking the tough decisions to support the weak against powers oppressing them. The Al-Bashir/Mugabe-supporting AU has once again shown its true colours. – Alec Hogg
From Al Jazeera:
Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
Listen to the story of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to presidential power, narrated by our very own Alec Hogg.