Deputy President of South Africa in Juba for talks
Mayiik Ayii, the Minister in the Office of the President welcoming David Mabuza of South Africa at JIA yesterday (Photo by Maal Maker /Presidential Press Unit)
By Woja Emmanuel Wani
The Vice President of South Africa, David Mabuza is in Juba for bilateral talks with the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit.
David Mabuza was welcomed by the Minister in the Office of the President, Mayiik Ayii Deng at Juba International Airport yesterday.
Addressing the Press during his arrival, Deng said that the South African Vice President would spend two days in Juba.
Mayiik said that South Africa and South Sudan enjoy a long standing history of close friendship and support that goes back to the days of the liberation struggle.
“The moral and political support extended by the African National Congress (ANC) to the Sudan People Liberation Movement/Army SPLM/A freedom fighters during the struggle was critical,” Mayiik said yesterday.
He reiterated that the moral support enabled the South Sudanese to refocus on their liberation ideal which he said was the uniting factor for the freedom course.
Mayiik added that since the independence of South Sudan, South African government has been helping the government in various capacities building.
“When the SPLM fractured in 2013, South Africa once again through ANC took a lead alongside other African revolutionaries parties like Chama Cha Mapenduzi to assist the SPLM to forge the Arusha reunification agreement,” Mayiik added.
He said the South African government was the first country to wage support on the National Dialogue which was announced by President Salva Kiir in 2016.