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S. Sudan urges South Africa to isolate rebel leader Machar


June 7, 2017 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese official has requested the South African government to ensure the armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, who lives in South Africa, is isolated globally.

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South African President Jacob Zuma meets South Sudan’s First Vice President, Riek Machar in Pretoria on 18 February 2016 (ST Photo)

"There is no such a thing. Riek Machar is still under arrest. He will not be allowed until when he denounces violence and accepts returning to the country as a private citizen,” a cabinet minister in South Sudan’s coalition government told Sudan Tribune Wednesday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, claimed South Sudan President Salva Kiir dispatched Petroleum minister, Ezekiel Gatkuoth to South Africa with a clear message for its authorities.

“The message is asking the ANC [African National Congress] leadership and government to unite their ranks and files and speak one voice with regards to Riek Machar’s activities. He needs to be stopped from talking to the international community. He is using interactions to incite situation back here in the country", he said.

The minister, who sits on the 28-member council of South Sudan’s ruling party’s (SPLM) political bureau, said the government had agreed that Machar will only return to the country if he denounces violence.

“President Kiir and Riek have developed personal hatred that they can never sit down and work together peacefully. They have reached a situation [where] they never work together and so it is better one of them is kept out if there has to be peace", he said.

Meanwhile, Gordon Buay, South Sudan’s acting head of mission to the United States, posted a picture of the Petroleum minister meeting South Africa’s parliament speaker and commended the meeting.

He said Gatkuoth strengthened Machar’s detention in South Africa.

"The complete detention of the prophet of doom masquerading as a vicar of Ngundeng is already taken care of by Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth", wrote Buay on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

In September 2012, South Africa signed an agreement establishing diplomatic relations with the young nation, a year after the latter attained independence.

The agreement was expected to lay the basis for the conclusion of other agreements, particularly economic and trade-related frameworks, aimed at promoting two-way trade and investment between the two countries.


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  • 8 June 2017 00:36, by junubi

    let the prophet of doom the son of ngundeng carry his owned cross.riak machol must face the tune

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    • 8 June 2017 01:29, by lino

      I wonder if solving the problems of SS will require an isolation of one person?!!!
      A big zoo must be opened by international community to place so many leaders who are barking now a day!!!
      The future will tell if this policy works!!!

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      • 8 June 2017 01:46, by Maduur


        He should denounce violence and everything will be fine. Otherwise he is a South Sudanese but he is killing his people particularly the Nuers. He still has the opportunity to run for presidency when elections time comes.

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        • 8 June 2017 07:28, by Theallseeingeye

          you mean he should fold hands and watch Dinka Gov pray on non Dinkaz right. that’s not going to happen and even if by a magic he did so, all non Dinkaz shall still unite and defend there territories, dignity, families and there existence.

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      • 8 June 2017 13:56, by Nyesi Ta

        Kiir Al Awiir and all the thugs around him think peace shall reign in the country only if Dr. Riak Machar is isolated. Kidip. Instead the country is going to be entrenched into deeper crisis that will lead to war everywhere with its self leading to break of the country into uncontrollable packets of areas.

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    • 8 June 2017 06:29, by Eastern

      The situation in South Sudan KEPT DETERIORATING SINCE Machar left Juba; IT HAS NOT BEEN IMPROVING. El Tabani once said he’s has been parked in South Africa. Has he been "unparked" now? Dr. Machar will not renounce violence when he’s fighting back in self defence. Dr. Machar is physically in South Africa but he’s present ALL OVER South Sudan!!!!

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      • 8 June 2017 07:09, by South South


        What situation KEPT DETERIORATING SINCE Machar left Juba? Try to attack Juba or Bor oe Yei or Malakal and see what will happen. Yes, Riek is parked in South Africa. Please enjoy your life in hiding.

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        • 8 June 2017 07:27, by Malakal county Simon

          South South

          Since Dr Machar left the country, has the war been stop??

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          • 8 June 2017 07:31, by Malakal county Simon


            Dr machar is coming back to the country because he is not the problem anymore let’s all cheers to that!!!!

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        • 8 June 2017 07:49, by Theallseeingeye

          @ South Sudan
          for you being as "Australopithecus sediba" we can excuse you for incompetence to be able to comprehend that it means to live in civilized world. what its not clear that makes you realize that this country is deteriorating.come on man it’s so obvious that even a fish in the water can see it. SSP on free fall against $ from 5,000 to 15500,... civil servants no pay for

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          • 8 June 2017 08:03, by Theallseeingeye

            months,Judges on nation wide strike (means no rule of rule in the country), IDPs increasing, cholera outbreak due to dare humanitarian conditions, famine was declare allover the country, conflicts stretching to all parts of the country even in Dinkaz lands (Apuk and Aguok), S.Sudanese taking refuge outside the country just to mentions a few....

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            • 8 June 2017 08:26, by Theallseeingeye

              now South Sudan, unless you still don’t have something call home or you don’t have a proper home setting, you don’t have law’s and regulations, don’t know economy, don’t respect human rights (cuz only rational people do) and you do sleep with cows in the same hut and you walk "butt-ass-naked" you will understand the term "deteriorating",

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              • 8 June 2017 10:14, by South South


                You are just a rebel, that why you are fury. South Sudan will move on with you and Riek or without you and without Riek, you get it?

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        • 8 June 2017 09:04, by jubaone

          South South,
          Foolishly, you thought by "parking" Riak in S. Africa, things would go your way, bullshit. The contrary is happening and thats why the IGAD is having an Extraordinary Meeting. If Riak were not the issue, there would be no meeting anyway. As for the jienge army, they are fighting for survival: spread thina cross the country, poor logistics, starving nyors etc.. how Long?

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      • 8 June 2017 08:11, by jubaone

        Wise word for today "If you find a stick by the roadside, pick it up for you may need it as a walking stick or clear the grass covered path on your path, but if you find a helpless and starving jienge lying on the road dont help him up, cos once fed, clothed and safe, he will turn around and kill you". That is true in Nimule, Juba and Yei, we helped them. See now?

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        • 8 June 2017 08:19, by jubaone

          In the same manner, Dr. Riak picked Taban Gai and Ezekial Lol, Ruai Lul Koang etc.. see what is happening? The very nyagateen have been propped up, made clean and yet have decided to shit into the very bowl they scooped out their food. How disgusting. Dr. Riak, watch out. Your killers are those closest to you, in Bari "marate a miriku"

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      • 8 June 2017 09:21, by jubaone

        Ezekial Lol is sensing something that will cost him his position. IGAD will say , either SPLA-IO (Crown Hotel Faction) join SPLA-IG or return to SPLA-IO (Riak Faction). I am seeing the end of Taban´s fatal political miscalculation. The nyagat was duped and Ezekial is fighting to ensure Riak doesnt return otherwise, he is jobless, how pathetic!

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        • 8 June 2017 10:18, by South South


          You are just writing like a small boy who is inexperience. The best thing is that you are just a big coward, only internet will be your place to flight a war. Keeping singing wicked, we are walking.

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          • 8 June 2017 10:57, by jubaone

            South South,
            We now know, that you are a jienge from Abyei and a jellaba slave. Why cant you just go to your master Bashir and leave us sort out our stuff alone in SS? Our problem is that such foreigners keep interfering with us and we just have NO peace alone. Go and get an ID from Bashir. You are NOT a jienge from Junub but a jellaba jienge.

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            • 8 June 2017 11:14, by South South


              Why do you make up things without evidences? Are you OK? or you are mentally retarded? Sometime you say I have BA from fake universities in Uganda. Sometime you say I live in Uganda or Kenya. Yesterday you said I came to live in Juba in 2010. Today you made another bogus claim that I am a Dinka from Abyei. All of them are big lies.

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              • 8 June 2017 11:33, by jubaone

                South South,
                You are everything I have written and that is true. You dont have to be a rocket scientist to discover who, what and where you come from. Your bogus comments are clear that you are one of these Abyei parasites pretending to be SS and spuking bullshit all the time. A jienge from Bor would say he is from Bor or from Gogrial. But you are silent on your origins-meaning ur Abyei jienge.

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                • 8 June 2017 12:40, by South South


                  hypocrisy is very bad. Iam a Dinka, I love my tribe. Can you tell me what is your tribe? You are hiding under Equaotira. You will never have courage to speak publicly about your own tribe, why? Maybe your tribe has many bad things. Maybe you are not South Sudanese, but from Uganda, who knows? Maybe your tribe has many ugly things associated with it. You are silent about your tribe.

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                  • 8 June 2017 13:01, by jubaone

                    South South,
                    Who cares if you are a jienge, be proud and get out of Equatoria. I am a pure Bari from Juba thats why I say Juba is mine and you dont belong here. Without us from CES and Greater Equatoria you savages would be climbing trees like tailess monkeys. Now we have fed, clothed and taught you how to defecate in latrines instead of freely in the bushes, ya wisik aryan jienge.

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                    • 8 June 2017 14:14, by South South


                      As I know Bari tribe has no one single cloth factory in their area. In their villages, women wear tree leaves, so how can you taught others for something you don’t have?. Another thing I know about Bari tribe is that they don’t have cows, so what kind of meat do your people eat, maybe monkeys. Juba is our city, it’s for all people of South Sudan. If you don’t like it, Nile River is next.

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                      • 8 June 2017 15:20, by jubaone

                        South South,
                        Better wear tree leaves as going naked like a Jienge. That is why we say Aryan jienge. As for the meat, Mundaris supply us with meat and so don’t need Jienge cows. Funny, just go to Customs market, konyokonyo or around Jubek square or opposite Crown Hotel. Terrible sight of hungry Jienges like vultures around animal carcass. Jienge Go Home (JGH) only Kokora is the solution.

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                      • 8 June 2017 15:28, by jubaone

                        South South
                        "Juba is our city, it’s for all people of South Sudan" oh!I see you coming to your senses you jienge idiot. No I am not done yet. Kokora is the only solution. You learn to speak your masters language -Bari or get out, simple. You ugly creatures have defaced and desecrated our town. We need a cleanup

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                        • 8 June 2017 20:04, by South South

                          Stupid man, you are now cornered , all this time you have been talking about clothing others in South Sudan where your own people wear tree leaves, no Dinka are not naked at all, they wear cows skins, goat skins, sheet skins, much, much better than Bari.

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                          • 8 June 2017 20:32, by South South


                            Bari language is dead, people in Juba speak Arabic Juba only. Poor Bari. Kokora is dead too, you can not find anyone here speak to you about Kokora. The only place to speak about Kokora is in DIASPORA, enjoy.

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  • 8 June 2017 01:52, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Individuals should not decide the fate of one of greatest South Sudan liberal democratic politician. Neither should foreigners stand in his way for stand for justice. Only the population of South Sudan should take that charge. Gatkuoth and Taban are only for their stomachs. What have they done for ARCISS? They are anti federal, anti reform. They are stealing from the treasury right now.

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    • 8 June 2017 05:15, by Wise Fox

      IGAD, Trump administration and the bald-head Zulu chief of South Africa have common interest in SS war, their intention is to loot SS resources, such a cheap policy will not bring peace to the people of South Sudan. Hence, the International community need to accept the truth that the war in SS today, is not about Dr Riek Macher neither power struggle, but the marginalisation or postcolonial

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      • 8 June 2017 05:45, by Wise Fox

        What regional and international community wanted today, is the continuation of war and after all they will get in and to declared South Sudan as No-man land for them to loot. Keeping Dr Riek Macher, in Guantanamo na Zulu, will not stop war in S Sudan ether. What I will do next as a commander on the ground, is to set oil field on fire, that is the only option that I can do, to see who will benefit.

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        • 8 June 2017 06:44, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Wise fox

          Are going to set fire on oil, because one person Dr. Killer risk Machar.

          Good lucks, if you have capacity to capture oil field.

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          • 8 June 2017 07:06, by Kuch

            Garang Akeen Tong, SUDAN TRIBUNE as always is lying the government of South Sudan didn’t say this nonsense. But to spur some Riek Machar mad supporters to their usual unrealistic outrage. Have a look on this link:http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/888947676?-21266:8599:0
            An open letter written by a Nuer asking Uhuru Kenyatta to be like Julies Nyarere by giving th Nuers arms to remove Salva Kiir from power>

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            • 8 June 2017 07:17, by Kuch

              and then their Riek Machar---their Ngundeng re-incarnates can then save South Sudan from their perceived Ida Amin of South Sudan!! And these are the Nuers who are crying for good schools, nice homes, road, good food & free of diseases and all while at the same times they chirping for a war in the country. God helps some of our Nuers. Some of our Nuers are just of steps with reality>>>

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          • 8 June 2017 08:27, by Wise Fox

            Garang Akeen Tong,
            Yes! I will set fire on oil field very soon. brother Garang Akeen, you should know by now, that Salva Kiir’s dry season is over, and now it is my wet season starting in June. therefore, it gonna be like Tom & Jerry game believe me. let me tell you this, Am around Tangrial in Maluth county,not very fare from Paloich I am just around there, sit in my Barrages waiting for an order.

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            • 8 June 2017 22:02, by Garang Akeen Tong

              Wise fox

              Plse join us in dialogue, let stop killing ourselve bcoz of dr. Riak.
              He should denounce violence, and come back home, to contest president seats in 2018, he should be president through peaceful main but not violence main.

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          • 8 June 2017 11:02, by jubaone

            Wise Fox,
            No need to go and set the oil fields on fire, just come to Juba and bomb the hell out of them. They have nowhere to run: To Gogrial, Apuk-Aguok rather stay in Juba. Get the juice out of them! They are trapped like rats.

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          • 8 June 2017 13:24, by Sunday Junup

            Garang Akeen,

            time for terrorism will be over.

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            • 8 June 2017 22:16, by Garang Akeen Tong

              Sunday junup

              You hit hammer on nail, you mean, rebelion is come to end,
              Hahahaha come back with shame yaa gat nyatooc.

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  • 8 June 2017 08:14, by Adok son

    Sudan tribune will waste time to reports nonsenses fabricated by Kiir and STD on resolution of south Sudan crisis, because all issues were acknowledged by UNSC about S.Sudan’s problem despite of lies and stipulated conditions against the awaited rescuer of S.Sudanese citizens.
    South Africa and other world were warned not to touch DR.and not to receives fake info but we have known the initiative>>

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  • 8 June 2017 08:24, by Adok son

    Ignore the above error,I meant,* Will not waste time "
    >>>> of south Sudan crisis and the causatives who have invented the suffering of S.Sudan people. Said by UNSC.
    So,be happy my people, salvation is near to be brought to you by Dr.Riek Machar. I thanked UNSC for they have known our problem and its solution is only bring Dr.on the chair of presidency.

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  • 8 June 2017 08:29, by Sunday Junup

    Let see if Gordon Buay reach December!
    Now he start attacking Ngundeng instead of Riak. Dr.Riak is coming back soon. See what happen to Malong after he said he will never watch Dr.Riak as president while he is alive?

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  • 8 June 2017 09:05, by real Dinka

    The peace will only come when those of Machar and Kiir left the post of presidency to they mighty people of s.Sudan to choose their leader.

    To hell with them

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    • 8 June 2017 09:17, by jubaone

      real Dinka,
      Your suggestion is great. If Riak and Kiirminal are "parked" somewhere and SS are to strike a new path, things will go ahead. We need a new breed of leaders and NO single one from the rest worthless leaders should be part of the new TGoNU.

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      • 8 June 2017 10:23, by South South


        You are coward and dumb. Just keep singing that you want to kill all Dinka in South Sudan. Don’t change your position disable man. We are here sitting waiting for you. What a wicked man!!!! You think things you write everyday will just go away when Kiir is not in power. It’s not about Kiir anymore.

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        • 8 June 2017 11:27, by jubaone

          South South,
          You Abyei idiot! My position has NOT changed and I have said it again and agian, if you get me kill me and if I get you I swear, I shall not only kill you but defecate into your mouth as our ancestors have done with their enemies.

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  • 8 June 2017 09:52, by MD from far East

    This cheap policy@ business has not work and will not work in interest to bring peace in south Sudan honestly we re losing money , even ordinary civil servant were not paid for 4 months ,economy has collapse, the issues here is not Machar. since he left No any changes practical here brother even ordinary farmer in bush know ,please leadership here should change... foreigner interest is $$

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  • 8 June 2017 13:53, by Black Nation

    All people in S.Sudan put their tensions on Dr. Machar, meaning that Dr. Machar is the visionary leader that can rule S. Sudan and treat his citizens equally that’s why all politicians hate him because is better than any other elder politician in Junup.

    NB: When many hate you, be proud you are better than them.

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    • 8 June 2017 21:49, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Hey Black nation

      Do your Dr. Killer Risk michar, have vision of killing people? Is that kind of vision you are talking about?

      We record history 1991, 2013, and 2016.

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      • 9 June 2017 08:49, by Black Nation

        Garang, You are traumatized really that’s why you are bringing the flash back of 1991. Let’s focus on the present and the future. So stop that nonsense

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        • 9 June 2017 09:16, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Black nation

          We want clean hands leader to rule us, not killer like him.
          Dr. John told him in 2002 when he rejoin SPLM/A, that we forgive you, but histories will not forget.

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  • 8 June 2017 14:41, by Philosopherking

    All this to project Taban’s Job and Keep Kiir in power? Kiir and Taban need to go to the refugee camps and those languishing in hiding in the bushes of South Sudan and ask them, who they ran away from. They should ask those in refugee camps and POCs who is responsible for the rape, murder, looting, burning of houses and intimidation? Its Kiir and Taban who need to be isolated!

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  • 8 June 2017 17:06, by Eastern

    Kiir and cohorts,

    Know this, Dr. Machar is fighting in South Africa while his many supporters are in South Sudan fighting Kiir. Isolating him there will not stop those supportring his ideology to cease fighting Kiir. One Dr. Machar is out of his house detention, you will see drastic change in the current heat!!!

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  • 8 June 2017 21:32, by garrak1520

    Why avoid Machar, we all know he is part of the problem and the 2nd part of the problem is Kiir, so they need to sit and resolve the issues regarding south sudan or they both resign from South Sudan politics and get the hell out. No reasons for people suffering because of 2 biggest morons in South Sudan.
    South Sudane time to take back your country; with these morons, you will be always be in fire.

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