Riek Machar in South Africa for medical care
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.