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Ramaphosa named SA's mediator in South Sudan

The ANC deputy president will represent govt in steering the country back to peace and stability.

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been named as South Africa's mediator in South Sudan.

Ramaphosa will represent the government in steering the world's youngest country back to peace and stability.

He visited Juba as part of an ANC delegation last October before the December split in the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement led to violence leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

The conflict has brought the country, which declared independence from Sudan in 2011, to the brink of civil war.

Regional and world powers worry about the potential for a spill over of violence in an already volatile region of Africa.

It isn't immediately clear when Ramaphosa will take up his mission in South Sudan.

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