SANDF members in DRC face 93 charges

2013-06-12 11:42

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A total of 93 charges of misconduct have been brought against members of South Africa’s peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the defence department has said.

“There are 93 cases involving members of the SANDF (SA National Defence Force) serving under the Monusco (the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC) mission in the eastern DRC.”

It said in a statement today that Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula had submitted a report to Parliament on misconduct among members of the SANDF.

“The report, listing each of the 93 cases, also details the nature of the alleged offence, the outcome of an investigation, the sanction meted out by the military justice system, and the status of the member of the SANDF against whom charges of infraction have been brought.

“To date, those whose cases have been finalised and a conviction secured in incidents of sexual misconduct, all four have been dismissed from the SANDF.”

In other cases where the offences were not of a sexual nature, but required disciplinary action, the harshest possible sanction was handed down.

Conduct unbecoming would be dealt with in the strictest compliance with the law, and there was “simply no room for criminality and ill-discipline in a highly professional force like the SANDF”.

According to reports, South Africa has deployed over 1 200 defence force members with Monusco in the DRC.

According to the statement, no members of the South African contingent within the Unamid (the African Union/UN Hybrid operation in Darfur) in Sudan were being investigated or charged for misconduct.

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