South African Deputy President Ramaphosa in South Sudan
The South African Deputy President whose delegation included the Tanzanian ruling party Chama Cha Mapenduzi Secretary-General Abdurrahman Kinana visited the North Eastern Africa country in his capacity as South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma’s special envoy to consolidate unity within the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement(SPLM).
The visit by the South African Deputy President was the first since the return of the opposition leader Dr Riek Machar after he fled the country in 2013 following eruptions of violence and disturbances with the President accusing him of trying to remove him from power.
Ramaphosa had meetings with both the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit and the opposition leader Dr Riek Machar with the upholding of peace, return of the detainees discussed among other initiatives.
The meetings were intended at bolstering the Arusha Agreement signed in January 2015 where parties committed to the reunification of the Sudan People’s Libertion Movement (SPLM). Reports from the South Sudan capital Juba say the peace and reunification efforts seem to bearing fruits with the two leaders vowing to work together in the process creating a unity government all for the benefit of the country and the South Sudanese people.
Thousands of people died and displaced following outbreaks of the civil war in 2013.
The Republic of South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011.