Riek Machar in South Africa for med­i­cal care

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South Su­danese op­po­si­tion leader Riek Machar is in South Africa to re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment, his spokesman said yes­ter­day.

The former Vice Pres­i­dent fled fight­ing that erupted in the South Su­danese cap­i­tal in July.

Machar ini­tially trav­elled through the bush from South Su­dan to Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo.

He sus­tained a leg in­jury on the way af­ter an aide said his group had been pur­sued by forces loyal to his ri­val Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir.

From Congo, Machar trav­elled to Su­dan where he also re­ceived med­i­cal care. “He is now in South Africa for med­i­cal treat­ment,” his Nairobi-based spokesman, James Dak, told Reuters.

He added that he is likely to stay there for about a week.

Dak did not say where he would go af­ter­wards.

There was no im­me­di­ate com­ment from South African of­fi­cials.

Po­lit­i­cal ri­valry be­tween Kiir, an eth­nic Dinka, and Machar, a Nuer, sparked a civil war that has of­ten fol­lowed eth­nic lines. A peace deal was signed in 2015, but it proved shaky from the out­set and fierce fight­ing flared.

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