'SA has a responsibility to South Sudan'

The defence minister says the SA military may send liberation troops with resources to South Sudan.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says South Africa has a responsibility to bring stability to South Sudan, where fighting has intensified on the ground as rebels and government officials hold talks in neighbouring Ethiopia.

More than a 1,000 people have already been killed there and 200,000 more have fled since rebels tried to overthrow the government last month.

Mapisa-Nqakula says South African troops are already stationed in South Sudan as part of a peacekeeping effort.

She says the military may consider supplying liberation troops with resources to help end the fighting as the peace talks continue.

"The conflict requires an intervention from the African continent. Obviously South Africa will be part of this, not necessarily by putting boots on the ground but by supplying other resources that may assist."

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