SA soldier was desperate to get home

2013-03-27 08:36
Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic (File, AFP)

Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic (File, AFP)

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Upington - A South African soldier who was fighting in the Central African Republic and was desperate to come home had called his family only hours before he was shot dead.

He called his aunt from a raging battlefield and asked her to see to it that he was buried at his home in the Northern Cape, reported the Times Live.

Lesego Lebatlang was killed hours later in fierce fighting between Seleka rebel forces and SA National Defence Force troops.

Days earlier, Lebatlang had begged his sick mother to get a note from her doctor so that he could come home.

He sensed his life was in danger and that he would not make it home alive.

His mother, Violet Motlonye, was in hospital when she heard that her son had died.

"He called on Friday begging me to send him a note from my doctor because he wanted to be here for me. I could sense the desperation in his voice.

"The doctors had already left, so I only managed to get a note on Monday. But it was already too late," she said.

"He did not want me to find out that they were under fire because I was ill in hospital, so he called my sister. She could hear the gunshots in the background and asked him why he did not just send an SMS."

His message to his aunt was that things were "really bad" that side.

"My son's last message to us: 'God be with you. Please make sure to bury me at home when I die."
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