South Africa confirms South Sudanese rebel leader’s arrival for medical treatment

Riek Machar

South African Government on Friday confirmed the arrival of Riek Machar, the South Sudanese rebel leader, in the country to receive medical treatment after fleeing fighting in July.

The Department of International Relations said in a statement in Johannesburg that Mr. Machar arrived on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and his period of stay in the country was not yet known.

The office confirmed in the statement that Mr. Machar sustained a leg injury during fighting between his troops and the army in the South Sudanese capital Juba in July.

It said that Mr. Machar fled the fighting to Congo, from where he moved on to Khartoum for treatment.

A power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Mr. Machar, escalated into a military conflict in December 2013. Tens of thousands have been killed and about 2.5 million displaced.

The two sides formed a unity government in April, with Mr. Machar reinstated as vice president, but renewed fighting erupted in July, dashing hopes of peace. (dpa/NAN)

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