South Africa has joined almost fifty other African states in signing an agreement that will lead to free trade on the continent.
The signing took place at the 31st African Union (AU) Summit meeting in Mauritania this past weekend with 22 of the 55 African leaders in attendance.
EWN Africa Correspondent, JJ Cornish says despite the accord there remained an 'elephant in the room'.
What are they going to do about slavery in Mauritania? Mauritania, the last country to abolish slavery in the 80's, it took them to the late 90's before they even passed legislation to prosecute slave owners.— Jean-Jacques Cornish, EWN Africa Correspondent
He adds that a rights group has revealed that 18% of Mauritanians are still living in bondage.
Is the African Union going to say something about this at the Summit?— Jean-Jacques Cornish, EWN Africa Correspondent
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