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S. Sudan, South Africa’s defence ministers to sign agreement


January 29, 2018 (KAMPALA) – The defense ministers of South Africa and the Republic of South Sudan are expected to sign an agreement in the capital, Juba.

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South Africa’s Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (AFP photo)

The South African Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was expected in the South Sudanese capital, Juba on Monday to meet her South Sudanese counterpart, Kuol Manyang Juuk.

The two ministers, News24 reported, are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on co-operation in the field of defence between the government of South Africa and South Sudan.

"The MOU is a product of long existing bilateral relations between the two countries dating back to the liberation struggles and South Sudan’s independence, in which South Africa played a critical role," Joy Peter, the South African defense ministry’s spokesperson was quoted saying.

"It is intended that the MOU will facilitate better relations between the two countries, enhance security sector reforms as well as ensure peace and stability in South Sudan,” added the official.

In September 2011, the two countries signed an agreement establishing formal diplomatic relations as well as creating economic and trade-related frameworks to promote bilateral trade and investment between both nations.

South Africa has fraternal relations with South Sudan stemming from the ties of the liberation struggles of the African National Congress (ANC) and the South Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M). However, following the signing of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005, South Africa was also instrumental in providing development and mediation assistance to South Sudan.


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  • 30 January 2018 07:58, by South South

    Great, great news for both countries. African National Congress (ANC) did liberate South Africa. SPLA did liberate South Sudan. Every citizen of Africa continent should be very proud of two organizations.

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    • 30 January 2018 12:48, by jubaone

      South South,
      ANC was and is still being led by intellectuals who talk and deliberate on pertinent issues, the SPLA is unfortunately being led by M7 and Kiirminal is just a "accidental president". The ANC is still intact while the SPLA has degenrated into: IO (nyagat Taban), IO (Riak); FD; Bakasoro (Col. of SPLA), Cirillo (fmr. Gen), Lam Akol; Peter Gatdet; etc..etc..etc..

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      • 30 January 2018 14:29, by South South


        You should be very proud of this news because it will make you and I look great in the eyes of other Africa countries. Riek, Cirillo, Bakasoro, Lam Akol and Peter Gatdet are traitors.

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        • 30 January 2018 14:41, by jubaone

          South South,
          There´s no external threat and you really dont need a defence MoU with anyone; Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan are at peace with Kiirminal. Rather, this MoU is to further consolidate the kiirminal regime after these "short-legged Bantus" imprisoned Riak. Maybe apartheid was not a bad thing afterall now that these free bantus have gotten drunk with power.

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          • 30 January 2018 14:48, by jubaone

            South South,
            For S. Africans who experienced humiliation and ostracization from the Whites, to now turn around and incarcerate a fellow African like Riak is mind boggling. If S. Africans could kill fellow Africans from Somalia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, they could do anything. If we knew that they would turn into such shitholes, then we would not have stood with them in solidarity during apartheid

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    • 30 January 2018 16:54, by garrak1520

      Why should you be proud. Undisciplined army with over 700 generals with little or no education. What’s the rush for an MOU. Priority is to stop the war, bring back those displaced, get rid of the corrupted leading you, bring some technocrats, waiting for 2yrs before election. Please sway away from tribalism. You have capable folks. Take advantage of nature’s gift "diversity".

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  • 30 January 2018 08:14, by Games

    None of them liberate nothing.they gained these seat through international and UN helped to give these two countries’citizens freedom. Civils population of S. Sudan creates this country when they overwhelming voted for separation not SPL theives.

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  • 30 January 2018 08:21, by Games

    Don’t forget though, Salva Kiir is administration are most prostitutes administrators I have had never heard on this planet. Why keeping running around begging several countries to sign so many fakes cooperation agreements while they had absolutely nothing to offer to those countries in return

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  • 30 January 2018 08:36, by Games

    You Kiir supporters need to sorts your mess out before you are approaching others nations to do the business with you. Make sure that the environment in S. Sudan is more accessible, stops these massive killing on innocents across the country and starts learning to acts like normal human. W

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  • 30 January 2018 09:33, by Sunday Junup

    Your time will come!

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  • 30 January 2018 10:13, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Bilateral between South Africa and South Sudan is very importance as they shared one thing in common during their struggle for peace and justice though there are element of peace dist ructions but that strong bone should be there forever

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  • 30 January 2018 10:44, by Kush Natives

    Great brothers! There’s no another way around for the African continent develop. We MUST build a great and strong friendship with our long time ANC ruling party. I personally seconded such a MOU between sisters countries.

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    • 30 January 2018 12:55, by jubaone

      Bush Natives,
      S. Africa must be very careful not to get infected with the "jienge virus" of ineffectiveness, laziness, empty rhetoric and uncontrolled greed. They should heed to reason and see why SS has become Africa´s shithole. Keep off from any alliances and S. Africa will be safe. Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia are already giving up on SS.

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      • 30 January 2018 14:35, by South South


        With your education, I encourage you to do more research about why Kenya and Uganda are not supporting rebellion in South Sudan. I read your comment other day when you said USA should pay Kenya and Uganda to abandon South Sudan and support rebels. This like I tell you to get more money from me and let yourself be killed and do not fight back.

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        • 30 January 2018 14:58, by jubaone

          South South,
          Just for the records:
          1. Over $350m in trade balance between Uganda and SS with 90% of goods and services exported to SS only. SS exports nothing.
          2. Almost 100% of financial capital are owned by Kenyan Banks, we have almost nil.
          3. 85% of all agric products are imported from Uganda, we cant develop our agric.
          4. Uganda wants to sell it´s energy to us, so we are not allowed to develop

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          • 30 January 2018 15:06, by jubaone

            ...our own dams to provide cheap electricity for domestic and industrial use.
            5. Over $130m in remittances each year from SS and junubin in diaspora go through Uganda. These are money transfers for SS families, tuition fees, rent etc.
            6. Kenya has "annexed" Ilemi Triangle after discovery of oil in Turkana. Kiirminal doesnt bother coz he is busy drinking/dreaming.

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            • 30 January 2018 15:13, by jubaone

              South South,
              Bcoz the "rebels" want to fix this "anomalies" and get our country straight, Uganda and Kenya have found in the Kiirminal the "useful idiot" who can be screwed at will.
              Tell me, how after 12 yrs do we still import tomatoes, onions and matoke from Uganda? Why till now dowe have less than 100 MW for whole country and live in darkness? How did we squander over $20b just like that?

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            • 30 January 2018 16:24, by South South


              I still insist you need to do more research about Kenya and Uganda why they are against rebellion in South Sudan. It’s more than business what fear them.

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              • 30 January 2018 19:02, by jubaone

                South South,
                Should the rebels in SS, Uganda and Kenya opposition forces will be emboldened to start an insurgency. Both countries have terrorized their citizens to the point that they have become docile like castrated oxen. But we in SS don’t hesitate to take to the guns especially if you have such barbarians in power. Now show us your intellect by giving reason why they don’t support rebels.

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                • 30 January 2018 19:10, by South South


                  What is this: " should the rebels in SS".

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                  • 30 January 2018 19:24, by South South


                    If you mean rebels in South Sudan will support rebellions in Uganda and Kenya, then Kenya and Uganda are reading this long time ago.

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  • 30 January 2018 11:43, by Nairobimitot

    Many things in common made South Sudan and South Africa co-operate with each other.
    First South Africa had gone through many, many long struggles. And South Sudan had also gone through many struggles even. South Sudan and South Africa know very well who had brought them the struggle. They know these people had delayed there development and the progress of the two nations. These big powers have hidden policies. The two nations, South Sudan and South Africa are now agreeing to work together to achieve their goals. The Cooperations between the two countries will be moving forward in the fields of security and sharing intelligence to make sure that the two nations are not affected by the virus that is raised and planted like trees inside South Sudan and South Africa. It is a difficult task that needs everyone attention. Being well aware of the causes of liberation struggles of the two nations will help them identify those viruses. I am sure if the two countries work together and cooperate with each other, they can overcome the challenges. The viruses are now waiting to be released by the people who made them. The viruses are created to slow down the development of the two nations and to increase the insecurity so that the peace is not achieved in South Sudan. There are countries who do not want South Sudan to be prosperous.

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  • 30 January 2018 12:03, by @you

    What agreement you are talking about?
    Talk about what to bring all people back
    To their homes yah kuol mangom
    We are for unity only:

    Your grandfather is calling for general,
    Election in south sudan:
    Museveni is your advisor
    If not why calling for election
    Before we united again?

    Yala amchi num

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