Ramaphosa praises South Sudan's peace efforts

Cyril Ramaphosa has reaffirmed his commitment in aiding the establishment of peace in the country.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has applauded his South Sudanese counterpart for strides made in restoring peace in the previously warn-torn country.

South Sudan's second vice-president, Taban Deng, met with Ramaphosa at Tuynhuys yesterday, where the duo discussed the current state of Africa's youngest nation.

Deng has reassured President Jacob Zuma's special envoy to South Sudan that strides are being made to establish peace in the country.

This move, Deng says, is the only way residents in the central African country's lives can improve.

Ramaphosa has reaffirmed his commitment in aiding the establishment of peace in the country.

"South Sudan is a very special country for us as South Africa. We're very proud to have seen a new nation and new democracy being born in Africa and a country that we're very close and have warm relations with."

The rivalry between Kiir and Riek Macharengulfed the country in a civil war that saw thousands of people lose their lives.