South Sudan’s Machar ‘in South Africa for treatment’

South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa July 9, 2014. South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Wednesday called on rebels to resume peace talks as the country marked its third birthday with celebrations overshadowed by fighting that has killed thousands and brought it to the verge of famine. In a swift response, Machar told Reuters that he was ready to resume dialogue but warned his troops would target South Sudan's oil installations if fighting resumed and the government used oil revenues to buy arms. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri (ETHIOPIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ANNIVERSARY) - RTR3XV7C

Riek Machar, who was sacked as South Sudan’s vice-president in July after heavy clashes in the capital, Juba, is in South Africa to receive medical treatment, according his spokesman, quoted by Reuters news agency.

The former rebel leader had been receiving treatment in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, after sustaining a leg injury.

Mr Machar, whose bitter rivalry with President Salva Kiir sparked a civil war in December 2013, fled across the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo with more than 700 of his soldiers in the wake of the July clashes.

His fighters remain in DR Congo, at a UN camp, but the Congolese government says it no longer wants to host them and has ordered them to leave.

 

Source: BBC