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Machar extends diplomatic tour to South Africa to meet president Zuma

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July 1, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese former vice-president, turned rebel leader, Riek Machar, has travelled to South Africa for a meeting with the South African president, Jacob Zuma, his spokesman has revealed.

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South Sudan’s former VP Riek Machar addresses a press conference (Getty)

“Chairman of the SPLM and commander-in-chief of the SPLA (in opposition), Dr. Riek Machar Teny, has left Addis Ababa for South Africa on Tuesday to meet with president Jacob Zuma,” Machar’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune Tuesday.

Dak said the armed opposition leader will brief president Zuma and his government about the genesis of the crisis in South Sudan as well as the progress made and challenges faced in the ongoing peace process to end the war.

He further said the diplomatic tour may take his boss a number of days in South Africa, adding that it was “an important opportunity by Dr. Machar to tell the story to the South African leadership about what has truly transpired in South Sudan.”

The rebel leader’s spokesman added that Machar was also accompanied by the newly appointed chairman of national committee for external relations, Dhieu Mathok Diing and his deputy, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth.

In April the rebel leader received what was described as a “red carpet” reception in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, by president Uhuru Kenyatta, who also gave green light to the opposition group to establish an office in Kenya.

The visit of the rebel leader caused nervous mood in Juba with officials disapproving of such important meetings without consulting the government first.

The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) party and the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa have been actively involved in promoting the mediation efforts by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

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  • 2 July 2014 06:58, by wang

    Hahahahahahahhahah…..it’s another heart attack on Mrs. Kiir M7’s supporters…..the whole world will soon hear the truths….

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    • 2 July 2014 10:02, by Akot Deng

      what heart attack are you talking mr - Cow we are not at desperate mood wait until that time comes we shall clear all the rubbish before heart attack kills us,you nuer and dor community are yuoning for war that you can not afford its cuase.

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  • 2 July 2014 07:11, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Convincing of world leaders to cover the genocide is unacceptable.
    The Republicans countries around the world knowledge South Sudan has committed war crime led by tribal leader and spiritual leader of Ngundeng Buoong and Dak Kueth believer Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhorgon

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    • 2 July 2014 08:03, by kamal

      Kiir is so stupid by allow ezekeil lol from prison to joint the rebel he was suppose to killed him

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    • 2 July 2014 08:09, by J P Puok

      safe journey Dr

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  • 2 July 2014 08:59, by chuol

    It’s good idea for Dr Machar to talk to rest of the world about this crisis and they must pay attention.
    It’s not fair to see the citizen of South Sudan nation in UN camps, that meant’ wise leader can ran up and down to resolve the matter.

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  • 2 July 2014 09:57, by Akot Deng

    what sense does it make killing inocent cillivains and pledge for world suport, support for war crime is not acceptable.

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    • 2 July 2014 10:06, by Malakal county Simon

      Both regional and the international community, should recognizes the SPLM/IO as the legitimate government because they are representing the interests of South Sudanese than the current government in Juba!!!!

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