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S. African deputy president urges commitment to end S. Sudan war

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October 11, 2017 (CAPE TOWN) – South Africa’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa as decried the “wasteful” war and violence, which has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions in South Sudan.

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South Africa’s Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa receives members of South Sudan’s national dialogue committee in South Africa, July 2, 2017 (ST photo)

“The war has destroyed the country and the economy. For that reason our commitment to solving the crisis in SS [South Sudan] must also be irrevocable. War breeds hatred; it breaks down nations and makes people hate one another and it makes it difficult to engender reconciliation,” Ramaphosa told South Sudan’s national dialogue steering committee members at a retreat held in South Africa on Tuesday.

“So it is important that the commitment to reconciliation be irrevocable,” he added.

Members of South Sudan’s national dialogue steering committee, led by the committee’s co-chair, Angelo Beda were in South Africa for a three-day retreat.

The South African government, its deputy president stated, has decided to consciously to deploy as many resources as possible for the people of South Sudan, including sharing their own experiences.

“Our bonds with SS [South Sudan] are deep and we remain hopeful that SS [South Sudan] will recover,” he said.

Ramaphosa, who intends to write a book, said it was important to know who the protagonists to the conflict are for it to be resolved.

“These are the entities that must sit down and negotiate this peace. These must not be lovey good-feeling interlocutors; rather they must be those who have been at each other’s throats and who must sit down and negotiate their peace,” said the South African official.

But he said that the process must be underlined by trust and respect.

“Without trust there will be no way of resolving the problems and the challenges. Trust has to be built. Leaders must respect one another in their leadership positions and what they represent,” he stressed.

Ramaphosa, also the deputy chairman of the South Africa’s ruling party (ANC), said he is optimistic the South Sudan crisis will be solved.

“I come from a process that looked unsolvable. When we started our process, I always knew we would be successful,” he stressed, but called for commitment from South Sudanese leaders involved in the country’s peace process.

Officially launched in May, the national dialogue is both a forum and process through which the people South Sudan shall gather to redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood, redefine citizenship and belonging, as well as restructure the state for national inclusion.

Since December 2013, tens of thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence since its cessation from Sudan in July 2011.

(ST)

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  • 12 October 11:44, by jubaone

    Mr. Cyrul Ramaphosa,
    We are not Bantus who can easily be tossed around. You detained Riak for 1 complete fucking year. Did you ever think of resolving the crisis by unlawfully putting him under house arrest? You stupidly come and talk about reconciliation b4 criticizing those Jienge bastards that massacred innocent Equatorians, Nuers, Fertits, Collos et al?.If SS goes to hell, let it, until justic

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    • 12 October 11:50, by jubaone

      ..justice is administered and those found culpable brought to the ICC, SS can go to hell. How are we to sit together with such Jienge bastards that have caused so much misery, looted, raped, killed and say all is fine? No. Even in SA, the Boers released Mandela and accepted their sins. Here, the jienges don’t. That is why we reject any talks with them till we revenge. Blood4blood, eye4eye.

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      • 12 October 12:16, by South South

        jubaoe,

        Just crazy, coward and weak man is making empty noises online only. Do you know how to fight? Why did run away from South Sudan if you are a real fighter? Shut Up.

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        • 12 October 13:13, by jubaone

          South South,
          You hopeless jienges took our kindess and hospitality for cowardice. Now Equatorians must act like Murles and have no mercy on jienges. Jienge defines himself with brute and savage force, the Equatorian with civility and intelligence. But dealing with savages, one must put aside intelligence or kindness. The jienge understnad force and he will get it abundantly.

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          • 12 October 13:15, by jubaone

            South South,
            I have told you million times, if you get me kill me, and if I get you, I shall kill you and defecate into your mouth so that your jienge evil spirits are put to rest eternally.

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  • 12 October 14:30, by Sunday Junup

    Send them back with a clear message that dr.Riak call them terrorist for their being kidnappers

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  • 12 October 14:30, by Sunday Junup

    Send them back with a clear message that dr.Riak call them terrorist for their being kidnappers

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  • 12 October 15:40, by John Wetjunub

    Idiot,why don’t you come to Juba and chase them away from Juba if you are a real man! that propaganda will not help you completely. But anyway I can’t blame you because empty drum always make noise. keep on crying and abuse them because its the only option for you ya cowardice man.

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  • 12 October 19:18, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Ramaphosa:you are very true that it is important to know who the protagonists to the conflict are for it to be resolved, but the answer is that they are the "Burgorises" and as you put it without the trust there will be no way of solving the problem but the truth is that no one would love or like to be put between the "Battock" 👌

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    • 12 October 19:20, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      When it comes to South Sudanese leadership believe me not

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  • 12 October 20:31, by lino

    “The war has destroyed the country and the economy. For that reason our commitment to solving the crisis in SS [South Sudan] must also be irrevocable. War breeds hatred; it breaks down nations and makes people hate one another and it makes it difficult to engender reconciliation,” Said S.A. Vice.
    Southerners knows it from their Khartoum’s Enemy, but decided to walk the walk. Who is to blame!!!

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