Mabuza affirms SA’s support for South Sudan peace talks


South African Deputy President David Mabuza has called on stakeholders involved in the South Sudan peace process to be steadfast in their efforts of implementing the peace agreement, which will benefit the people of the east-central African country.

The Deputy President, who is also a Special Envoy to South Sudan, made the comment on Monday after holding talks with President Salva Kiir Mayardit during a working visit.

At the meeting, Deputy President Mabuza committed all role players to work together in achieving lasting peace, stability and development in the Republic of South Sudan.

The country, which gained independence from Sudan in July 2011, has for several years been trapped in an unending civil war that has seen thousands killed and maimed, with millions more fleeing and displaced.
“The Deputy President has expressed his confidence in the peace process and assured President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the people of South Sudan of South Africa’s continued and unwavering support,” the Presidency said in a statement.

The Deputy President also held talks with the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the leadership of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance, the leadership of Former Detainees (FDs), the convenors of the National Dialogue and members of diplomatic corps in the South Sudan capital, Juba.

South Africa, Mabuza said, will continue to provide support and “share her own experience learned from South Africa’s transition to democracy”.
“He expressed his confidence that the Revitalised Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan will sustain the prevailing positive mood in the country,” the Presidency said.

Deputy President Mabuza, the Presidency said, has departed for the Republic of Sudan, where he will continue to execute his duties as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Special Envoy on South Sudan.