Ramaphosa leads diplomacy effort in South Sudan


The diplomatic side of South Africa’s foreign policy this saw week Cyril Ramaphosa, the country’s special envoy complete his second visit to the north-eastern African country in attempts to resolve ongoing conflict there.

Ramaphosa, the ANC deputy president and number two on the ANC national elections list, first visited Africa’s newest state on March.

That visit was to familiarise himself with what the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) called “unfolding events” and meet with key roleplayers.

His latest visit saw him meet with President Salva Kiir and others for further discussions to bring an end to conflict.

A few hundred kilometres to the north 800 SA National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers are deployed as part of the UN Mission in South Sudan. They are part of a multinational force mandated to support the South Sudanese government in peace consolidation and longer term state building and economic development.

Ramaphosa will on Monday travel to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to facilitate intra-party discussions with various sections of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM). He is facilitating this meeting in conjunction with the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

His efforts to assist in bringing conflict in South Sudan to an end have also seen Ramaphosa meet with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Prime Minister Hailemariam Deselegn of Ethiopia and the Inter-Governmental Authority of Development (IGAD).

As South Africa’s special envoy to South Sudan Ramaphosa is the face of a country committed to assisting the South Sudanese people in ending conflict as well as humanitarian aid DIRCO said.