Media Statement

10 July 2016

South Africa expresses concern over the situation in the Republic of South Sudan

His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has expressed great concern over the shooting incidences that took place in the past few days in the Republic of South Sudan, resulting in the deaths of over 100 people and leaving many injured.

These shooting incidences threaten to draw back the promising gains made through the compromised Peace Agreement and the recently formed Transitional Government of National Unity.

President Zuma has called on the two leaders, President Salva Kirr and First Vice President Riek Machar, to provide the required leadership under these difficult circumstances.

The President, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

President Zuma concluded by calling on the people of South Sudan to remain calm and committed the South African Government to provide continued support to the Transitional Government to ensure sustainable peace, stability and development.

Enquiries: Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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