South Sudan conflict: Exiled Machar vows to return home

| Updated Mar 10, 2017 at 3:00pm



South Sudan's sacked Vice President, Riek Machar, who fled the country in August, has vowed to return, and saying his credibility is intact.

Speaking from South Africa, Mr Machar said his rebel faction can still negotiate a peace deal with President Salva Kiir.

His statement comes despite last week's heavy fighting in the city of Malakal.

Mr Machar, who first fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, is now being treated in Johannesburg.

In July, Mr Machar's bodyguards and President Salva Kiir's presidential guards fought each other, sparking days of violence.

Hundreds of people died and more than a hundred thousand fled across the border.

The fighting erupted less than a year after a peace deal was signed to form a unity government and end the civil war.