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South Sudan rebel leader concludes “fruitful” visit to Pretoria

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July 4, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Former vice-president and leader of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Riek Machar, has concluded a four-day visit to South Africa where he met with President Jacob Zuma.

Machar’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, described the visit as “successful and fruitful”.

“Yes, our chairman Comrade Dr. Riek Machar and the accompanying delegation have returned to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Friday evening after a four-day successful visit to South Africa. I don’t want to go into the details now, but I want to say his meeting with His Excellency President Jacob Zuma was fruitful,” Dak told Sudan Tribune.

Earlier on Tuesday, Dak explained that the rebel leader was warmly welcomed at the State House by the South African leadership in which they discussed a wide range of issues.

“The meeting discussed a wide-range of issues pertaining to the ongoing peace process in Addis Ababa,” he said, 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),” he said.

According to Dak, the former vice-president visited South Africa on the invitation of the host government.

Machar, along with the chairman of external relations, Dhieu Mathok Diing, his deputy, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth and Machar’s wife, Angelina Teny, were picked at Addis Ababa international airport on Tuesday by special jet and 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 claim.

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

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  • 5 July 2014 11:07, by jijury

    Bravo Dr. Machar this is the kind of leadership that South Sudanese need.

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  • 5 July 2014 11:26, by Yorwin Otor

    Well, let Riak, his wife and associates enjoy diplomatic jet to South Africa but crimes against humanity will remain on him. He has killed hundreds of civilian in Malakal and will have to punish in the end. He will be never enjoy his old age in South Sudan but maybe in Nuer Land.

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  • 5 July 2014 11:55, by Gunkills

    @Dak, you are a big liar. The discussion that President Zuma had with Riek wasn’t fruitful because Mr. President rejected his request for forceful regime change. He told hopeless that, "We South Africans believed in democracy."President Kiir was elected by the people of the Republic of South Sudan therefore, no way we can support rebellion.

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    • 5 July 2014 13:58, by Malakal county Simon

      Gun kills/ slave

      Were you there? You’re just jealous??

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    • 6 July 2014 08:09, by Makjohnson

      There is no need of Machar seeking permission from S. African president to help in toppling Dinka tyranny. Nuer alone will finish the job with Dinka despite the presence of mercenaries from Uganda. Machar will continues communicating the future of South Sudanese with the world. The last word to you will be the same as ’’ Salva Kiir was elected’’ with no justification of whether being elect mean.

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  • 5 July 2014 15:19, by Emporio

    Hahahaahhhhh

    "Fruitful discussion" this is laughable reik have never have fruitful thing in his life the fugitive man

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    • 5 July 2014 16:58, by Ito

      Indeed the visit by visionary, charismatic and democratic leader comrade Dr. Riek Machar was very fruitful and caused panic in to the tribal government in Juba. Now South african leadership have understood that there was no coup but a plan to assassinate all political opponents. The SA leadership have agreed to provide all kinds of support to bring about democracy under Dr.Riek.

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  • 5 July 2014 17:28, by chol

    Nuers people are very stupid period so let war continues they will all die.You can’t win war against mighty Dinka warriors and their allies.

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    • 6 July 2014 08:16, by Makjohnson

      Your allies are finishing and you will never keep hearing of JEM, UPDF, SPLM/N fighting Nuer anymore. Others South Sudanese political parasites are dying of hungry since you stole all the money in the name of conflict.Only you and Nuer from this July and, you Dinka will not only hear it but see and test the real smell of the mighty Nuer. Take it or leave. Do you think mercenaries ’ll ......

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  • 6 July 2014 09:34, by American Missile.

    Riek Machar toured to South Africa is not shaking anybody even if it shall be announce by microphone or BBC,it won’t landed hereon soil of South Sudan. if he is fight for his tribe Nuer, he will end up nothing. He choose a "Hell Life"

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