Zuma leading delegation to South Sudan

2011-07-07 22:11

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma will lead a delegation attending the inaugural celebration to the newly formed Republic of South Sudan, the department of international relations and co-operation said on Thursday.

"This historic moment is a fulfilment of the wishes of the people of South Sudan for self determination," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

"President Jacob Zuma will on behalf of the people and government of South Africa extend a congratulatory message to the people of the new Republic of South Sudan on its independence."

The celebrations were scheduled to occur on July 9.

The delegation would also consist of International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane and the presidential envoy to Sudan, Charles Nqakula, he said.

A majority of South Sudanese voted to secede from Sudan in a referendum in January. They would become the first new African country after Eritrea split from Ethiopia in 1993.

"South Sudan has fulfilled all the necessary requirements that are mandatory in international law in order for a country to be declared a sovereign state. South Africa officially recognises the Republic of South Sudan and welcomes the 54th state of Africa," Monyela said.

He said that the government would support efforts aimed at ensuring a peaceful and stable environment in the country.

  • JadedJay - 2011-07-07 22:48

    And we thought Mbeki was never at home...THIS is our playboy dumb@SS president.

      BMFree - 2011-07-08 07:55

      I'm leaving on a jet plane...... Sqab does not see his own country is in trouble then tries ti fix the world!! Chop

      Matt - 2011-07-08 08:57

      To be fair, it would be fitting that a main African leader is present for the inauguration of a new country... problem is, our leader is not a leader! Good luck to South Sudan. I just pray it goes peacefully, seeing how North Sudan will in all likelihood invade soon enough - South Sudan has oil you know...

      Dougalan - 2011-07-08 09:26

      Yep, when is our useless prez going to stay at home and fix up the rotten mess the ANC has made, instead of swanning around trying to look important?

  • Joe - 2011-07-08 00:56

    "This historic moment is a fulfilment of the wishes of the people of South Sudan for self determination," One day, the WHITE AFRIKANERS will say the same...

      zaatheist - 2011-07-08 04:30

      You guys had your chance. You squandered it. I remember the 70's well. We warned you and we warned you that apartheid was dishonest, shameful, discriminatory and inhumane and would never last. You laughed in our faces and threatened us for being unpatriotic. Kyk hoe lyk jy nou.

      Matt - 2011-07-08 08:56

      Orania soek vir you Joe...

      ANCockup - 2011-07-08 09:36

      Hey dont leave us English guys out...lets stick together against the locusts please.

      ANCockup - 2011-07-08 09:38

      @zaatheist and black rule is corrupt,inept,discriminatory,damaging and backward. See how you look now.

      zaatheist - 2011-07-08 10:24

      @ANCCockup Nothing you say detracts from anything in my original comment. You guys had a chance to properly and fairly share in the wealth of the country - you blew it and the results (the corruption and racism) are clear for all to see.

      ANCockup - 2011-07-08 10:33

      @zaatheist Im not Afrikaans. Are you blaming the corruption rife within the ANC government on the previous regime? Seriously?

      ANCockup - 2011-07-08 10:35

      @zaatheist oh and a country has no wealth. Wealth is created by hard working people. When will you idiots ever get it?

      Dominic - 2011-07-08 12:13

      @ANCockup Who is 'us' English? I'm English. You don't speak for me.

  • wv - 2011-07-08 07:35

    Maybe zuma should head a delegation to sort his country's problems, idiot.

      Dominic - 2011-07-08 12:33

      He isn't going there to sort out their problems. Did you read the article? Who's the idiot?

  • maseratifitt - 2011-07-08 07:52

    A whole delegation. To go and attend a party. What is this costing SA? How will our people benefit? Our "leaders" are not working for a better life for all South Africans. They are merely on hedonistic, self gratifying ego trips.

      Leon Groenewald - 2011-07-08 08:35

      It's costing us lots; but at least less than the fiasco we called an election.

  • BMFree - 2011-07-08 08:16

    It is strike season, last time there was the munsupal strike he JZ was also not about. Absentee presidents, Malema, cosato all running for the post of Top chop.

  • Leon Groenewald - 2011-07-08 08:34

    Zuma and leading? Aren't those two words rather used in unattached sentences?

  • Leon Groenewald - 2011-07-08 09:20

    May he find the one watering hole in the Nubian desert and never return.

  • Agent - 2011-07-08 11:02

    He should spend more time here to keep some junior mouths shut, all it is, is one big travel jol.

  • Robschele - 2011-07-08 12:55

    I wonder if he will attend the inauguration of the president of the new Libyan republic.

      Mikus - 2011-07-08 13:23

      Robschele - of course he will and then he'll nip back down to Namibia for a round of a$$kissing there too - the man's a consumate opportunist and there's oil revenue to be had.

  • Rory - 2011-07-08 19:45

    Amazing he cannot even sort out his own country and he tries with others, me thinks he is looking for more wives

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