President Zuma Saddened By South Sudan Shooting


His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma is unhappy with the South Sudan shooting incidents.

Zuma expressed concern over the situation in the Republic of South Sudan which led to the death of over 100 people.

 The South Sudan shooting incidents happened in the past few days.

Zuma said: “these shooting incidences threaten to draw back the promising gains made through the compromised Peace Agreement and the recently formed Transitional Government of National Unity.”

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He thus, called on the two leaders, President  Salva Kirr and First Vice President Riek Machar, to provide the required leadership under these difficult circumstances.

Zuma also, called on the people of South Sudan to remain calm and committed to the South African Government. He also tasked them to provide continued support to the Transitional Government to ensure sustainable peace, stability and development.

Above all, he extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa.

Meanwhile, President Zuma arrived Paris yesterday for the State Visit aimed at advancing relations between SA and France.

The visit is expected to provide a platform for both countries to improve cooperation in various areas.

“Boosting economic relations and trade are high up on the agenda of the visit. France is an important trade, investment and tourism partner for South Africa.

In 2015, the overall volume of trade amounted to R33.6 billion. France remains an important source of foreign direct investment for South Africa with an estimated investment volume of over 24 billion rand.

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…The President will meet with the South Africa-France Business Forum, and will encourage French business to invest further in South Africa, with an emphasis on the expansion of investment and trade particularly in the sectors of agro-processing, financial services and defense industry,” related a media statement issued by the Presidency.