Media Statement: Deputy President Mabuza conveys well wishes to the Government and people of South Sudan

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

In his capacity as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Special Envoy to the Republic of South Sudan, Deputy President David Mabuza sends his well wishes to the Government and the people of South Sudan on the joyous occasion of National Peace Celebration that is taking place in Juba in South Sudan today, 31 October 2018.

The National Peace Celebration is an important milestone towards rebuilding trust and committing to finding lasting peace and stability in South Sudan.

Deputy President Mabuza commends the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for championing the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. This celebration is a significant step towards the permanent silencing of the guns and in advancing the common development objective and peace in South Sudan and the region.

“We are very pleased that the people of South Sudan are today able to celebrate this milestone towards a completely conflict-free country and the region. We congratulate the people of South Sudan and the region on this important milestone. We would like to once again pledge South Africa’s continued support to the peace process and development in South Sudan,” said Deputy President Mabuza.

Deputy President Mabuza recently undertook a Working Visit to the Republics of South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, from 14-17 October 2018, where he held bilateral discussions with Heads of State and Government to shore up regional support for the implementation of the Peace Agreement. He also held engagements with leaders of the opposition who are signatories to the Revitalized Peace Agreement as well as other stakeholders that have a role in building of a peaceful South Sudan.