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July 3, 2014 (PRETORIA) – South Sudanese former vice-president, turned rebel leader, Riek Machar, has met the South African president Jacob Zuma at the State House in Pretoria, rebel leader’s spokesman has announced.

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Rebel leader Riek Machar shakes hands with South African president Jacob Zuma at the State House, Pretoria, South Africa, July 2, 2014 (ST)

The two leaders had a lengthy cordial meeting on Wednesday evening, Machar’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, said.

“Comrade Dr. Riek Machar Teny, chairman and commander-in-chief of SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) and His Excellency Jacob Zuma, president of the Republic of South Africa, held a lengthy cordial meeting on Wednesday evening,” Dak told Sudan Tribune.

He said the armed opposition leader was warmly welcomed at the State House by the South African leadership.

“The meeting discussed a wide-range of issues pertaining to the ongoing peace process in Addis Ababa,” he said, without giving further details, adding that Machar also briefed the South African leadership about the genesis of the crisis which started in the ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

The former vice-president, he said, visited South Africa on the invitation by the host government.

Dak said the opposition leader was picked at the Addis Ababa international airport on Tuesday by a special jet and was accompanied on board by the South African ambassador to Ethiopia.

The rebel leader has been on diplomatic offensive to undo what he said was president Salva Kiir’s false story of attempted 15 December coup which he propagated in the region, although only Uganda, which recently backed down from the allegation, used to support the claim.

The rebel SPLM faction has been calling for president Kiir to step down, saying he is no longer legitimate, accusing him of alleged starting the war and administering the ethnic based massacre of tens of thousands of citizens who elected him into office.

The visit by the opposition top leader is the third leg in the region after “successful” tours to Ethiopia and Kenya.

(ST)

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  • 3 July 09:07, by Mi diit

    Great diplomacy Dr. Machar with your able team. Time to show the world that Kiir Kuethpiny is a primitive village chief. You used to cover up for his weaknesses but now you are free to expose him.

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    • 3 July 10:06, by Ayom Ayom

      No matter how much our politician are moving up and down for Diplomacy in abroad, It will not solve the problem in South Sudan. The only solution for the Waring parties are:
      1. Go back to Ethiopia to finalize the peace agreement
      2. Or you can decide once and for all to continues your military offensive against each other until either you or me is defeated

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  • 3 July 09:32, by Alfredo christiani

    I wish him to crash with especial jet on his way back to Addis Ababa.

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    • 3 July 09:57, by Wicdail

      I’m very pleased with the SPLA –in-Opposition under the leadership of Dr Machar. Regional and international community has now realised that their leadership is the only hope to bring peace and prosperity to South Sudan as well as to the region.

      Alfredo christiani and likes,
      It’s very painful for you to see the very person whom you rejected and cured to death has now become a cornerstone. LOOL!

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      • 3 July 10:49, 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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      • 3 July 11:35, by 4Justice

        Wicdail,

        The bible says "This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone". —Acts 4:11 (NKJV)

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    • 7 July 04:36, by Nyesi Ta

      Those who celebrated the demise of our hero, the late leader of the SPLM/A, Dr. John Garang De Mabior while in a course in South Africa also met their fate in a plane crash enroute to their home town , and my friend wishing someone to die in a plane crash or any other way may not make you an exception. Probably, you will also meet the same fate. Read my lips.

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    • 7 July 04:37, by Nyesi Ta

      All of us fly, unless you are not.

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  • 3 July 09:54, by Emporio

    Doesn’t matter where you go to seek helps killer always stay killer nothing will change nyaggats will never smell presidency seat in our present

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    • 3 July 10:20, by jijury

      Nyankiir Museveni will face the consequences of his evil plan to get rid of Nuer in South Sudan. Dr. Machar will expose you till you saying sorry for killing innocent people and for returning South Sudanese people to war. you are messing with a wrong gentleman. Dr. Machar killed Garang dead vision and now he about to kill your dictatorship rules using the same technique.

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      • 3 July 10:55, by Malakal county Simon

        A leader that’s killed his own people’s who have elected him to the presidency is no longer a legitimate, but an illegitimate leader!!

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      • 3 July 14:55, by Ito

        Dr. Riek, when I think about how you have suffered for years to bring about freedom and democracy so that south sudanese can be respected worldwide, tears just pour out from my eyes. Though a good number of soldiers from my family die for the sake of your vision I myself is ready to go under the soil to put you in the driving seat in order to achieve democracy, freedom and federalism in this RSS.

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        • 3 July 14:58, by Ito

          You are not fighting for Nuer,you are fighting for all. I myself is from Equatoria but we support you not because you are Nuer, but because your vision is for the benefit of all. You are a uniting factor just like Uncle Joseph Oduho in the history of South Sudan. You a gift of God to South Sudan. Our problem in South Sudan is the tendency by one tribe to rule and not to be rule. Brother Riek,

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          • 3 July 15:03, by Ito

            Victory is Certain. Freedom is non negotiable, we will impose it by force because it is not a gift but a right of all man kind. The last battle will be in juba if government does not surrender. We will wrestle with the stupid loyalists till they either finish us or we finish them and joy, peace and happiness will pour like rivers of spring water in South Sudan. Comdrade Riek, driving seat is near.

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            • 3 July 15:42, by Martin

              Ito,

              I advise you to see a doctor. The rebel will never win this war. I think you are a child who does not know the history of war. December 15 was possible but now it is impossible to see Juba. You may come to Juba through peace. Riek can tour the world for sight seeing but cannot get any support that can replace the current government by force.

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              • 3 July 16:41, by Ito

                Martin ya kelip, don’t ever lecture me about the history of south sudan and war. I have been there as a private from the coming of Tingili Battalion 1986 by High Command Modi Galerio, I fought many battles to the last call yom ya in 2002, kapoeta and torit. I have been in your areas, Bor, Jikou and Rumbek. I know the nationlist tribes and those for power and the cowardice killing of patriot.

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                • 3 July 16:45, by Ito

                  Do you know how many young dinkas we rescued, child soldiers who cannot even carry a gun and some just die of simple thirst before fighting and when the bullet is shot by enemy they just shot back for few minutes and run and leave the great battle for us until our son Cdr. Amala from Torit fought 7 days without food with us until he got kill and Dinkas left. Think you are mentally insane.

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                  • 3 July 16:49, by Ito

                    I cannot accuse people for no reason. I have live with Dinkas for almost my entire life. I have many very close and best friends from Dinka for years and they help me understand who Dinkas are really are and what their intention are and I keep that as secret. If you were a wise person, you should have sat down and think why would someone talk this about Dinka or hate Dinka, still it is a homework.

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                    • 3 July 20:17, by Rommel

                      Ito:

                      You can’t seriously think that anyone is going to believe that you can even begin to compare the contribution of the various Equatorian tribes against the overwhelming contribution of the Dinka tribe. No tribe has provided anywhere near as many as divisions, battalions and martyrs. There’s no comparison.

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                      • 3 July 20:26, by Rommel

                        You say that you saved Dinka child soldiers, who were unable to carry a gun, and that they were afraid in battle... And I think I know why that may have been — they were children, as admitted by you! So what if Dinka child soldiers were scared? How exactly does that reflect badly on the tribe!? How does it belittle the fact that we undoubtedly contributed far more to the war effort!?

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                        • 3 July 20:28, by Rommel

                          I wonder, where were all these purportedly nationalistic tribes when Khartoum unleashed fury against us, in cahoots with the various Nuer militias!? Where were you, oh great ’nationalists’, when as a consequence of being the prime target of Khartoum and its Arab militias, we lost a quarter of a million people in just two [2] years!?

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                          • 3 July 20:29, by Rommel

                            Where were you? Oh that’s right, you were safe, enviably deep in the South — unexposed to the attendant dangers and miseries of living on the frontier with the enemy. We share by far the most extensive border with the North. We border the North from South Darfur, to East Darfur, to West Kordofan, to South Kordofan, to White Nile State, to Sennar and Blue Nile State.

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                            • 3 July 20:32, by Rommel

                              Our extensive border with the North exposed us to attacks from the SAF, the PDF and the Murahaleen. Your entire region — constituted by dozens of different tribes, cannot even begin to compare its sacrifices to the Dinka. There’s not a tribe in this land whose civilian population was targeted as much and suffered anywhere near as much as we did.

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                            • 3 July 20:35, by Ito

                              Brother the answer to you false story is simple. First, Dinka are majority and hence will have majority of soldiers but statistically, some smaller tribes have contributed more than the dinka based on their numbers. So you should learn how to read statistics. second point is Dinka join in large numbers because the head of a Dinka otherwise they would not join.

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                              • 3 July 20:37, by Ito

                                I mean the heads of the heads of the movement and majority of leaders were from Dinka tribe that is why they join. Where were the large numbers during Anya nya one and two? I have been telling people time and again that Dinka are not willing to be under someone but wants all to be under their feet. We will not accept this nonsense.

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                              • 3 July 21:19, by Rommel

                                Ito:

                                Mention one [1] smaller tribe that contributed more to the war effort. I don’t have to speak of the Dinka tribe as a whole. I can break it down for you. I can point out the fact that incredibly tiny Dinka sections like the Panaruu and Ruweng Dinka contributed more battalions than all of Unity State. These small sections contributed more than any of the tribes in Equatoria.

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                                • 3 July 21:34, by Rommel

                                  The Dinka had a signifant military presence in Anya nya 1. This cannot be denied. Anya nya 2 was not a unified military organization; Anya nya 2 was a generic term applied to various militias in the South. Bahr el Ghazal had its own Anya nya 2 militias, as did many others. We didn’t fight for Garang, we fought to defend ourselves.

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                                • 3 July 21:34, by Ito

                                  Rommel, you are the answer to your question. I always say Dinka think they are the best in everything like how white people say anybody with dark skin is inferior and those with lighter skin are better regardless of what. So as you are a Dinka you cannot be change.If you keep thinking you are always right, so be it but honest people will not waste their time arguing.

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            • 4 July 12:12, by Jur Tier

              You at some point said not long a go that you equatorians are not supporting Riek. But you now say different thing in support of him.Mmmm! that is not a new thing among you equatorians.But let me clarify a few things for you.
              (a)What is a good leader? The one who sided with the enemy or one who defends the past struggle of his people.(b) The one who uses foreign interests in order to gain power.

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