Unclear how many soldiers headed to DRC

2013-04-09 17:47
Ebrahim Ebrahim (Picture: GCIS)

Ebrahim Ebrahim (Picture: GCIS)

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Johannesburg - Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said on Tuesday there was not yet an indication from the defence department on the number of soldiers heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"The ministry of defence will in due course decide what should be the size of our contingent in DRC.

"But that is a tactical issue; in time I presume that the ministry of defence will decide the [number] of our troops."

It was unclear who would lead the mission assigned by the United Nations' Security Council.

"We had preferred that it [the mission] be led by someone from the continent, or someone from the region.

"But I don't think a final decision has been made on who should lead the forces," he said.

The SA National Defence Force announced on Sunday that South African troops would be part of the intervention force in eastern DRC.

The force was expected to face rebel group M23.

The announcement raised concerns following the recent deaths of 13 soldiers in the Central African Republic.

However, the SANDF said the recent developments in the CAR could not stop South Africa from being part of the peace-keeping mission.

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