Guterres appoints South African Haysom to mediate in Sudan

United Nations (UN) secretary-general António Guterres on Tuesday appointed an envoy to Sudan.

South African Nicholas Haysom has been chosen to work with the African Union (AU) to mediate an end to the crisis in that country.

The AU has also called on Sudan's military to hand over power to a civilian government within 15 days.

Read: AU criticises Sudan's military for coup, calling it 'inappropriate'

EWN Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish, who is tracking the coup in Sudan, speaks to Clement Manyathela on The Xolani Gwala Show.

This appointment of Nicholas Haysom is significant as he knows Sudan very well. He has been a special envoy for the UN in both Sudan and South Sudan.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, African correspondent - EWN

He adds that there is a massive South African presence in what is happening in Sudan.

Former president Thabo Mbeki was mediating in South Sudan. His brief has been extended by the AU to work all over Sudan.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, African correspondent - EWN

Former ambassador to the AU Welile Nhlapo says when a South African is appointed, South Africans must give them our fullest support.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, African correspondent - EWN

He says Haysom is at the AU's disposal to do what he can to mediate to fix the crisis in Sudan.

Listen below to the full interview:


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