Pretoria – Any South Africans trapped in South Sudan have been urged to contact the South African embassy in Juba for assistance in being able to leave the country.
Spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation Clayson Monyela tweeted the offer for assistance on Tuesday morning.
— Clayson Monyela (@ClaysonMonyela) July 12, 2016
Since Thursday more than 270 people have been killed in clashes between rival army factions.
Clashes broke out between loyalists of President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar.
Machar is a former rebel leader who became vice president under a deal to end a two-year civil war.
South Sudan leaders have ordered a ceasefire as fears of a civil war grow.
In a statement released on Tuesday, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed serious concerns regarding the recent outbreak of violence.
‘’We join the international community in expressing our deep concerns at the recent outbreak of violence between Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and SPLA in Opposition (SPLA-IO) which resulted in the loss of lives in the country. We condemn this outbreak of violence in the strongest terms possible and call for the immediate restoration of peace in the country,” said Deputy President Ramaphosa.
“We know and know too well the burden of pain and sorrow that war has brought to bear upon the majority of the people of South Sudan over the past few years. We call on the leadership of South Sudan to take the necessary steps to end the current conflict and to ensure the country remains on course towards the consolidation of the hard-won peace,” said Ramaphosa.
“In this regard, we welcome the resolution of the Extra-Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers held on Monday 11 July 2016 in Nairobi Kenya for an immediate ceasefire and the call on President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar to assume their responsibility and to take immediate measures to prevail upon their respective military leaders and to end the fighting,” he said.