Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa made remarkably bold and unequivocal statement regarding South Sudan, says writer. Picture: Sizwe Ndingane

Pretoria - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected in Juba in South Sudan on Thursday for the Conference of the South Sudanese Liberation Movement.

Ramaphosa will represent South African President Jacob Zuma at the two-day event following an invitation to Zuma by South Sudanese President Salva Kirr.

Ramaphosa is the Special Envoy of President Zuma to South Sudan and the Presidency said that in this regard, Ramaphosa had been working with Abdurahman Kinana, the Secretary-General of Tanzania’s ruling party Chama cha -Mapinduzi, on efforts aimed at facilitating unity among the various factions of the SPLM with a view to bringing an end to war and to herald the era of peace in South Sudan.

“In pursuance of this objective and working within the framework of the Arusha Agreement signed in October 2014, as facilitated by leaders of South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, Deputy President Ramaphosa together with Abdurahman Kinana has been involved in a number of confidence building initiatives to help unify the ranks of the SPLM.

“These included among others, the facilitation of the return to Juba in 2015 of several SPLM (Detainees) who were exiled abroad. The return of the former detainees culminated in Deputy President Ramaphosa addressing the SPLM Extended National Liberation Council meeting in the capital.”

Ramaphosa is set to return to South Africa on Friday.