S Su­dan’s Riek Machar in SA for med­i­cal treat­ment

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CAPE TOWN — South Su­dan’s op­po­si­tion leader Riek Machar is re­port­edly in South Africa to re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment af­ter he fled fight­ing that erupted in the east African coun­try in July.

Ac­cord­ing to SABC, his spokesper­son and of­fi­cials in Pre­to­ria con­firmed that the rebel leader was now in South Africa.

“He is now in South Africa for med­i­cal treat­ment,” his Nairobi-based Spokesper­son James Gat­det Dak was re­ported as say­ing, adding that he was likely to stay in the coun­try for about a week.

Ear­lier this week, Machar him­self told jour­nal­ists in Khar­toum that he was headed to South Africa to have med­i­cal tests and af­ter that “I will leave”. He did not spec­ify, how­ever, what his next des­ti­na­tion would be.

Machar gave no de­tails of his med­i­cal con­di­tion but spoke of the tra­vails of his flight from South Su­dan.

Machar ini­tially trav­elled through the bush from South Su­dan to Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, sus­tain­ing a leg in­jury on the way af­ter an aide said his group had been pur­sued by forces loyal to his ri­val, Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir. — AP

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