Deteriorating security forced CAR withdrawal

2013-04-10 20:00
Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has officially informed Parliament of the withdrawal of South African soldiers from the Central African Republic, the presidency said on Wednesday.

"The president has informed Parliament that the termination has been undertaken due to the fact that the security situation in the CAR has deteriorated and there is no longer a legitimate government," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

"President Jacob Zuma has in terms of Section 201 (2) (c) of the Constitution of the Republic, terminated the employment of all members of the SA National Defence in the Central African Republic."

On 23 March, 13 soldiers were killed and 27 injured in a clash with Seleka rebel fighters outside the capital Bangui.

The troops were deployed to the CAR in terms of an agreement signed in 2007, according to which South Africa was to train the CAR's army.

- SAPA
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