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Ramaphosa congratulates S. Sudan on 6th independence anniversary


July 10, 2017 (PRETORIA) – The South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has, in his capacity as special envoy to South Sudan, congratulated the government and people of South Sudan on their celebration of the occasion that marked six years of independence.

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Cyril Ramaphosa (File photo Reuters)

Ramaphosa was appointed special envoy by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to assist in the reunification of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and bring to an end conflict that has affected the nation since 2013.

“South Sudan’s national day, on Sunday, presented an opportunity for the country’s leadership and citizens to reflect on the unity and vision for a peaceful and prosperous South Sudan that led to the achievement of independence six years ago,” said Ramaphosa.

The South African official also commended South Sudan President Salva Kiir and the people of South Sudan on the launch of the national dialogue that was aimed at uniting and reconciling the people of South Sudan following the devastating conflict they had experienced and continued to go through.

On 1 July, Ramaphosa met the dialogue steering committee members in Johannesburg, at which he appreciated the strategic intention of the committee to ensure the inclusivity of the dialogue.

During their meeting, however, Ramaphosa assured the steering committee members of South Africa’s support by sharing experiences from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“He [Ramaphosa] hoped the Sudanese dialogue would yield positive outcomes,” the South African presidency said on Monday.

Two years after South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, President Salva Kiir accused his former vice president of plotting a coup against his regime, triggering the violence that has killed thousands of people.


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  • 11 July 2017 07:44, by Newsudan

    Ramaphosa.make sure the monster Dr risky is bound for 30 good years under house arrest.

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    • 11 July 2017 08:39, by Eastern

      Right. Keep Dr. Machar away as South Sudan pacifies by the day...

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    • 11 July 2017 08:40, by Malakal county Simon

      Does Dr Machar absent stop the ongoing war?? No Does Dr Machar house arrest fix the economic problem?? No!! Well i guess Dr machar is no longer the problem but unwanted President Kiir seem not knowing how to fix scattered South Sudan and this is the issue if we all look through the anke.... Newone, this is just a temporarily political issue and tomorrow Dr Machar could surprise you in Juba....

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  • 11 July 2017 07:59, by Lenin Bull


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  • 11 July 2017 08:01, by john locke

    Who said riek is on 30 years house arrest? You jiang are eager to believe anything kiir tells you. Kiir pays SA to keep riek. The question is what hapens when the money runs out. Or what happens when riek leaves south africa soon. Than what. Kiirs government is almost collapsed

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  • 11 July 2017 09:21, by Ranmediit

    Money Talk
    People are suffering in South Sudan and you’re enjoying money for briber.
    H.E Dr, Machar become sources of your income.
    Very soon You and your regime in will crying.

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  • 14 July 2017 09:50, by Bunsen Burner

    Thank you Cyril for celebrating this tragedy that has befallen the people of South Sudan. Just be prepared for a worsening relations within the region with the people of South Africa come the opportunity. However long it takes, this cow boy will have to exit whatever it costs. Good leaders always face such challenges Nelson Mandela as a leading example. Julius Malema OYEEEEEE!!!!!

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