Ramaphosa congratulates South Sudan on its national day


President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, makes an address on July 9, 2017.

PRETORIA – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has, in his capacity as special envoy to South Sudan, congratulated the government and people of South Sudan on their celebration of independence attained in 2011.

Ramaphosa was appointed special envoy by President Jacob Zuma to assist in the reunification of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and bring to an end conflict that had affected Africa’s newest state since 2013, the presidency said in a statement.

Ramaphosa said South Sudan’s national day, on Sunday, presented an opportunity for the country’s leadership and citizens to reflect on the unity and vision for a peaceful and prosperous South Sudan that led to the achievement of independence six years ago.

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He commended President Salva Kiir and the people of South Sudan on the launch of the national dialogue that was aimed at uniting and reconciling the people of South Sudan following the devastating conflict they had experienced and continued to go through, the presidency said.

Ramaphosa had the opportunity to meet the national dialogue steering committee members in Johannesburg on 1 July, on which occasion he “appreciated the strategic intention of the committee to ensure the inclusivity of the dialogue”.

Ramaphosa had assured the steering committee members of South Africa’s support by sharing experiences from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He hoped the Sudanese dialogue would yield positive outcomes, the presidency said.