CAR mission 'was suicide'

2013-03-26 09:21
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Pretoria - Senior army officers last week apparently informed top brass that sending more troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) was tantamount to a suicide mission.

This warning was issued as the army was deciding whether to send an additional 200 soldiers as reinforcements to the current forces in the capital Bangui, reported Beeld.

Informed sources said senior officers were warned last week that circumstances in the country had deteriorated drastically. There was also doubt about how the army would withdraw its soldiers should the situation get out of control.

Support

Due to a lack of money and air support, the army struggled to support its soldiers logistically.

There was apparently only a single doctor with a backpack as medical support.

The South Africans apparently had to keep calling the 150 French parabats for essential equipment, although these soldiers were meant to look after French interests.

The officers’ concerns were ignored and an additional 200 soldiers were sent to Bangui on Friday night.

According to some sources, CAR rebels are angry because South African soldiers apparently helped President François Bozizé flee to the DRC over the weekend.

SA soldiers had now become a target.

Army chief Solly Shoke said on Monday that his soldiers were at their posts and “would not run anywhere”.

“Fleeing is not even an option. It is not for me (or the army) to decide what will happen next. We are acting on government’s orders.”

Read more on:    sandf  |  solly shoke  |  central african republic  |  car uprisings  |  military

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