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SA ready to send troops to Mali

2012-09-27 22:32

Johannesburg - South Africa could send troops to Mali's Islamist-held north to support a West African military mission awaiting UN approval, President Jacob Zuma told France 24 on Thursday.

"If there was a UN decision, I don't think... we will have difficulty to join other forces to be part of the forces that will solve that problem," he told the news channel.

"We have provided forces in Africa in some of the instances," he added.

Islamist groups linked to Al-Qaeda seized the northern half of Mali in March this year on the back of a Tuareg rebel offensive fuelled by the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in Libya.

West Africa's 15-state Ecowas bloc has a 3 300-strong force ready to intervene.

At the ongoing UN General Assembly, Mali's Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra officially asked the Security Council to agree to "an international military force, one which would be composed of all those willing and able to help us reconquer occupied territories in the north of our country".

Former colonial power France advocated urgent action in Mali but UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged extreme caution when considering any military option.

Comments
  • boeretroos.redakteur - 2012-09-27 22:59

    Send troops to do what ? Is this a joke ? These army guys of yours cant fall out of a tree without help man !

      ngcowley - 2012-09-27 23:04

      Send them there so they cant protest here

      Watkykj - 2012-09-27 23:48

      Ur comment has made my day hahahahahahahahaha thanks boet! That is classic!

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-09-28 02:26

      Well our so called army is a risk to us not a benefit. At least if they are in Mali they aren't a threat to us over here.

      megala.arxithia - 2012-09-28 05:17

      THEY SEND THE ARMY TO MALI...GOD KNOWS WHERE THAT IS...BUT WHEN THE MAYOR OF CAPE TOWN ASKS THAT TROOPS PATROL THE CAPE FLATS TO CONTROL THE GANG WAR, ZUMA SAYS NO AS YOU CANT HAVE THE ARMY PATROLLING LOCAL STREETS. THEN GUESS WHAT, THE MARIKANAN MASSACRE HAPPENS AND ZUMA SENDS IN TROOPS TO PATROL!! THE ANC IS BY FAT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM TO THIS COUNTRY ACTUALLY BECOMING A SUCCESS!!

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-09-28 06:40

      HIV+ soldiers can not be deployed. Those ones that were not + are already deployed.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-28 22:49

      Jesus feed the poor first you bunch of morons before you spend hundreds of millions of Rands to send troops to other countries. Ook maar effen dom jong.

      klemy.tee - 2013-01-25 09:15

      i think, that might add experience though its fatal,but every country needs to have allies (partners)to help if its necessary.

  • facts.peter - 2012-09-28 00:13

    Wha-ha-ha-ha-ha. This is the best joke of the year. Do we have troops??? I thought they are either striking, to fat to walk properly or dying of AIDS? What are the AIDS stats of our troops again? Have we found someone to operate those fancy submarines yet? O hell this is funny. I had such a terrible day but thank you for making my day at the end.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-28 07:35

      "Submarine"

      alf.pop - 2012-09-28 23:49

      You got a point! Last time they were in action was when the protested at the Union Buildings and were chased away by a few cops! As far as AIDS stats of troops are concerned, the figures have to be "audited" (read doctored)before they can be released. And the submarines are out of action, because the crews are too dumb to operate the boats!Maybe we can use them to patrol the borders with LESOTHO!?

      KennySven - 2012-09-29 03:32

      Shower head needs another shower,I think aids has crept in again

  • francois.olivier.108 - 2012-09-28 00:22

    South Africa is already a war zone. The ruling Party members already kill each other and 42 other humans are killed in South Africa every single day. If this is not a crisis, then I do not know what a crisis is.Welfare starts at home. First get the murder rate to below one person a day and then you can send our troops somewhere else.

      Peter Pancake - 2012-09-28 08:16

      It's called communism. Divide and rule. Create chaos amongst the minions and then take what you want and leave a few crumbs for the masses to be grateful for.

  • brendon.lieberz - 2012-09-28 00:27

    Why not send the country's strikers across rather. They will have more impact. Plus your killing 2 birds with 1 stone. (or lots of stones... hehehehe)

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-09-28 02:28

      They can send them to Siria

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-28 00:35

    Lol gecko

  • tshepo.machika - 2012-09-28 01:10

    Could someone help stop this old man,now he is going too far

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-09-28 01:55

    wa bona jwale Zuma o tlo re bakela manaba.\r\nDt da wrong button Zuma is activating,please deactiv8 dt knob.

  • john.morreira.9 - 2012-09-28 02:01

    What troops? To call these SANDF w@n#ers soldiers is ridiculous.

  • nthete.moalosi - 2012-09-28 04:58

    Good

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-09-28 05:06

    Why not send Joburg municipal police to Mali. At least our roads wl be better, safer and cheaper (no bribes and illegal speed traps) to drive.

  • megala.arxithia - 2012-09-28 05:17

    THEY SEND THE ARMY TO MALI...GOD KNOWS WHERE THAT IS...BUT WHEN THE MAYOR OF CAPE TOWN ASKS THAT TROOPS PATROL THE CAPE FLATS TO CONTROL THE GANG WAR, ZUMA SAYS NO AS YOU CANT HAVE THE ARMY PATROLLING LOCAL STREETS. THEN GUESS WHAT, THE MARIKANAN MASSACRE HAPPENS AND ZUMA SENDS IN TROOPS TO PATROL!! THE ANC IS BY FAT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM TO THIS COUNTRY ACTUALLY BECOMING A SUCCESS!!

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-09-28 06:25

    They will go there and then go on strike.What a joke.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-09-28 06:42

    Why send them to Mali? They gonna go to feed the rest of the troops there? Can't be to fight or keep the peace there cause they can't even do that here in SA.

  • craig.lowe.3572 - 2012-09-28 06:48

    If the actions by this cANCer where not so detramental to the country they would make a top notch commedy team !

  • adam.gardener.12 - 2012-09-28 06:53

    Have they got enough diesel??.

  • zaks2217 - 2012-09-28 07:01

    Maybe just send Malema to Mali. Imagine he gives one of his speeches and u get this one rebel saying 'wht the fck is this thing, let's get out of here, this man is haraam!'

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-09-28 07:10

    Interesting that the Mali government has approached the UN, which was not the way of Assad.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-28 07:46

    Rape and pillage is not problem solving. We simply don't have the army or the money. What is our government thinking ? Oh yes, I forgot, they don't .

  • alan.roberts.372 - 2012-09-28 07:51

    What a great idea - can they send around 50 million of them !

  • Peter Pancake - 2012-09-28 08:14

    Send the army to the Cape flats. Knifey Edwards and the boys are far more dangerus. Oh, I forgot, the ANC lost the WEstern Cape so regardless, kids can keep getting shot in the cross-fire cos you dont run the Western Cape and want it back at whatever the cost.

  • gwilym.howes - 2012-09-28 09:10

    Why the hell do we even care about Mali? Where IS Mali (that's a joke, I don't really want to know)? I don't want to see 1c of MY money going to this. As far as I am concerned, the best thing is to let the people of Mali kill each other and let the land lie fallow. It will be good for the environment.

  • colin.langley - 2012-09-28 09:46

    I am going to be so happy when i see the back of this idiots head walking out of parliament for the last time.

  • vicky.vangemert - 2012-09-28 11:30

    These overfed, lazy fools will not last a day in the desert. Cripes, do they even know where Mali is?? The Tuoaregs will have them for breakfast

  • carol.steenkamp.5 - 2012-09-28 12:19

    Goodness! So that they can go and lie on the beach all day?!?

  • josie.brits - 2012-09-28 14:05

    Send Juju there... he seems to be able to sort EVERYTHING out these days.....

  • rudi.linsleynoakes - 2012-09-29 03:50

    He is awaiting to be told to run the country too? I suppose this is what you get from someone who lacks the intellectual capacity to run a country, I mean I'm better educated and couldn't imagine how much pressure it should be - when you don't think though it's no trouble at all!

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-09-29 06:20

    Send all the mine strikers.They are far more dangerous than the army troops.Just give them their pangas to take with..

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