Media Statement

01 November 2018

South African Government welcomes the release of William Endley from South Sudan

The South African Government welcomes the decision by H.E President Salva Kiir of South Sudan to pardon South African national, Mr William Endley, as a gesture of peace.

Mr Endley, an ex-South African National Defence Force (SANDF) colonel, was sentenced to death on 12 February 2018 for espionage and conspiring to overthrow the government.

President Kiir announced the release of Mr William Endley during the National Peace Celebration, which took place in the capital city of Juba on Tuesday, 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.

”We appeal to all South Africans who happen to get opportunities to work abroad to observe and respect the laws of the countries they serve," said Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

”We extend our gratitude to President Kiir to release one of our own to once again spend time with his family," said Sisulu.

It is expected that Mr Endley will be released today, Thursday, 1 November 2018, and return to South Africa in due course.

Enquiries: Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, mabayan@dirco.gov.za or 083 645 7838

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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