Deputy President David Mabuza has today, Thursday, 21 November 2019, concluded his two-day Working Visit to Juba in the Republic of South Sudan, where he held consultations with various stakeholders and signatories to the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

Deputy President Mabuza was in Juba as the Special Envoy, to urge all stakeholders especially the signatories to the Revitalised Agreement, to use the 100 days extended period of the pre-transition to implement key outstanding matters on governance and security arrangements that are necessary for the installation of the Transitional Government of National Unity.

During these consultations, Deputy President Mabuza engaged amongst others, the representatives of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, the National Pre-Transitional Committee and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Special Envoy to South Sudan where he assured them of continued support by the Government and people of South Africa.

Further to this, the Deputy President held a number of bilateral meetings with the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Lt. Gen. Taban Deng Gai, the Vice President, Dr. James Wani Igga and the Vice President-Designate, Madam Rebecca Nyandeng Garang to engage on sticky issues requiring urgent attention.

Finally, Deputy President Mabuza held bilateral consultation with the President of the Republic of South Sudan, His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit to express South Africa’s support and willingness to actively join hands with the Government and the people of South Sudan, in the implementation of outstanding matters over this extended period of 100 days.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit then extended invitation to Deputy President Mabuza and his delegation, to join him for the Official Commissioning of the South Sudan Power Plant that is based in Kondokoro, Juba, which was funded by the Development Bank of Africa.

Our two-day, working visit to South Sudan has yielded positive results and a renewed sense of hope towards building sufficient consensus for lasting peace and stability for the people of South Sudan. We have interacted with the relevant parties who have expressed their commitment to working together, and guided by the objective to form a Transitional Government of National Unity. On our part, we are looking into convening these parties for a retreat that is aimed confidence building, said Deputy President Mabuza.

The Deputy President highlighted the fact that all the parties have further agreed to establish mechanisms to supervise the implementation of the outstanding critical tasks related to security and governance.

The acceptance of the extension on the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity by all relevant stakeholders is quite encouraging and we would like to recommit ourselves and pledge our support as South Africa, to provide the necessary assistance to ensure that the timeframe agreed upon is fully realised, said Deputy President Mabuza.

Deputy President Mabuza departs South Sudan this afternoon and is expected to arrive tonight back in South Africa.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa