S Sudan’s Riek Machar in SA for medical treatment
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