South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed concern over the recent outbreak of violence in South Sudan.

Ramaphosa, who is the Special Envoy of President Jacob Zuma to South Sudan, condemned the violence and called for the immediate restoration of peace.

“We know too well the burden of pain and sorrow that war has brought to bear upon the majority of the people of South Sudan over the past few years,” he said here Monday.

“We call on the leadership of South Sudan to take the necessary steps to end the current conflict and to ensure the country remains on course towards the consolidation of the hard-won peace.”

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Monday evening declared a unilateral ceasefire after days of heavy fighting between government troops and forces loyal to Vice-President Riek Machar which has left at least 270 people dead.

On Monday, foreign ministers from eastern African, who form the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council, held an extraordinary session in Nairobi, Kenya, and called on the United Nations to increase the number of peacekeepers in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) drawn from the region in order to secure the South Sudan capital, Juba.

They urged President Kiir and Vice-President Machar to assume their responsibility and take immediate measures to stop the fighting. They also emphasized the need for the two leaders to assert command and control over their respective armed forces and passing of continuous messages to the general population for calm and reconciliation.

Source: Nam News Network