South African President Jacob Zuma Visits Salva Kiir in Pretoria, South Africa

South African President, Jacob Zuma, meeting Salva Kiir of South Sudan in Pretoria, October 24, 2015 (GCIS)

South African President, Jacob Zuma, meeting Salva Kiir of South Sudan in Pretoria, October 24, 2015 (GCIS)

Dec 1, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- The South African President, Jacob Zuma, who just returned from Havana, Cuba, will meet South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, who arrived on his absence on medical grounds a few days ago, tomorrow in Pretoria, South Africa.

Zuma travelled to Cuba to represent his country at a mass memorial rally of the former President and revolutionary icon, Fidel Castro, who passed away on November 25 at age 90.

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Despite good relations that Cuba had with SPLM/SPLA rebels under the leadership of Dr. John Garang de Mabior, President Salva Kiir was unable to attend or remark the passing of President Fidel Castro. Instead he visited South Africa!

According to presidency, Salva Kiir was sick and had to be rushed to South Africa for immediate medical check-up, a report the President’s Minister denies in Juba.

According to Mayiik Ayii Deng, the Minister for President Salva Kiir, his excellency travelled to South Africa at the invitation of President Jacob Zuma.

“The president of the republic is going for bilateral visit. He is responding to the invitation extended to him by the president of South Africa, his Excellency Jacob Zuma. It is therefore a very important visit. It will focus on bilateral matters and how the relations between the two countries could be strengthened,” stressed Deng.

“You know that South Africa is one of the countries which stood with our people during the war of liberation struggle and now it is playing another very important role in the peace process,” he added.

On the contrary, credible sources revealed that President Zuma did not invite president Salva Kiir or otherwise the invitation could have been cancelled to allow Kiir to attend to many of his other emergencies in his war-torn country while Zuma attends the memorial.

According to reliable sources from Johannesburg, President Jacob Zuma will tomorrow, 02 December 2016, meet His Excellency President Salva Kiir in Pretoria.

Kiir and Zuma are expected to review “bilateral cooperations” between their two countries as well as the latest regional political and security developments on the continent.

Like Zuma, who risks impeachment, South Sudan’s troubled President is resisting a political power struggle that is now ethnicized to maintain a grasp on power, and leaders like Jacob Zuma could fuel or end a deadly conflict that has now dragged on for three years.

Besides “bilateral cooperations”, Kiir’s extended visit is expected to persuade the South African government to restrict Dr. Riek Machar, South Sudan’s former Vice President, stay in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Members of Salva Kiir’s government including Taban Deng Gai, who controversially replaces Machar, calls on South Africa to take Machar’s South Sudan’s diplomatic passport to prevent him from travelling but the South African nation has continued to distance itself from taking sides in South Sudan’s ethnically driven politics.

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