Zuma welcomes South Sudan referendum

2011-02-09 21:14

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has praised Sudan for delivering a peaceful and credible referendum, the department of international relations and co-operation said on Wednesday.

Zuma also praised the work of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission and Bureau, the department said.

He had taken note of the results of the South Sudan Referendum presented to Sudan President al-Bashir on Monday by the chairperson of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC), Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil.

"The acceptance of the results by President al-Bashir demonstrates the strong political will for peace that exists among the leadership in the Sudan and sets the foundation for a harmonious co-existence between the people of North and South Sudan," the department said.

"South Africa stands ready to recognise and welcome the new state of South Sudan to the community of nations in July 2011 and will continue to strengthen its relations with the people of North [Sudan] and South Sudan."

Projects South Africa had launched in Sudan since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005 between the government of Sudan and Sudan People's Liberation Movement in 2005 would continue to be enhanced to support ongoing peace and good neighbourliness between north Sudan and south Sudan.

"President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, congratulates the people of Sudan on this historic milestone and undertakes to march with them on their journey towards peace, harmony and development for the entire Sudan."

  • Karoobloed - 2011-02-10 01:06

    Time for a similar referendum in the Western Cape folks?

      maseratifitt - 2011-02-10 01:26

      Of course. Mr. Zuma supports separate development.

      Karoobloed - 2011-02-10 02:59

      No, just wondering if RSA will ever come to consider rectifying issues created by colonial era borders. Separate development in the Apartheid context will never work in Africa. Borders should separate multiracial societies, not races.

      foitapoilet - 2011-02-10 06:04

      I see you are certainly not white with your broken record on Apartheid. Get a life and stop wasting writing space on your bleeding heart issues on colonialism. Black on black violence has nothing to do with oxwagons and Boere Staat mentality that dont have any weight regarding the daily headlines which mainly pertains to corruption in the ANC, Unemployment as a reult of the ANC, wasting R100 million on youth gatherings because of the ANC, I can go on!!! Just wake up tomorrow get up and start your day without dragging that big bag of 1980 issues.

      Karoobloed - 2011-02-11 06:08

      Hi Fighter Pilot - I thought all the decent ones were now in Australia... You evidently misread my tongue-in-the-cheek suggestion that Zuma should by analogy consider a Western Cape referendum on independence from RSA. That would not be a Volkstaat though, because obviously the Khoi San people apparently inhabited the Cape 200,000 years before us Afrikaners. Not really a bleeding heart. I love my people the Afrikaners, and want to ensure their survival on a very hostile continent. We really can do with some African friends, otherwise we are screwed on the long term. At some point you may figure this out. Judging by your clumsy contruction of many sentences, I have my doubts you will.

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