President Ramaphosa concerned about the situation in Sudan

Media Statement


21 April 2023


President Ramaphosa concerned about the situation in Sudan


The South African Government is deeply concerned about the unfolding situation in Sudan, where violence erupted last week following a breakdown in negotiations on political and security sector reforms.


Over a prolonged period, the people of Sudan have endured instability and strife. The deterioration of the situation this week further complicates their yearning for a stable government that is civilian led.


South Africa joins the international community in its call on the parties to the conflict in Sudan to lay down their weapons, return to the negotiating table and unite the people of Sudan.


South Africa sends a message of solidarity to the people of Sudan as they mark conclusion of the Holy Month of Ramadan and wishes them well during the Id-Ul-Fitr.


The conflict in Sudan marks a setback in Africa’s efforts to silence the guns and usher in a sustained period of peace, stability and development.


South Africa is currently serving as a member of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC). In this role, our country has been seized with the situation in Sudan, working with other African countries towards peace and stability in Sudan.


South Africa supports the role played by the AU, IGAD and the East African Community (ECA) in their mediation roles in Sudan.


We will engage directly with the leaders of the armed forces in Sudan as part of our endeavours for peace in Sudan.


South Africa reiterates its appeal on the parties involved in the conflict to heed international calls for an immediate ceasefire as unarmed civilians, including visitors from many parts of the world, remain stranded and fast running out of supplies.


Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to President Cyril Ramaphosa on +27 82 835 6315