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ADDIS ABABA: AU Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has slammed some governments and leaders on the continent for causing their citizens to suffer. She singled out South Sudan, where violent atrocities have been committed against civilians as the aftermath of a fallout between President Salvar Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, in 2013 continues. Some 500 000 people have been killed and about 2 million displaced in the world’s newest country. Delivering her New Year’s message in Addis Ababa yesterday, Dlamini Zuma blamed the leaders of some countries. She said other countries, such as Burundi, Central African Republic and Gambia, were also besieged by crises, caused mainly by the countries’ governments. “Our governments and leadership are there to protect the vulnerable, to serve the people, not to be the cause of the people’s suffering and retrogression,” she said. “Enough is enough. Africans deserve better, and we must all work towards better days, and towards peace, stability and development.” Dlamini Zuma said the crises overshadowed several successful elections held in some AU member states. She urged aggrieved parties to respect the will of the people, abide by their national and international obligations, as well as resort to all non-violent and legal means in resolving electoral disputes.