Attack on presidential palace thwarted in CAR

2013-12-27 07:39

Assailants armed with heavy weapons have attempted to attack the presidential palace as well as the residence of the Central African Republic's embattled leader, but were pushed back, officials say.

Ousted CAR leader Bozize in SA - reports

2013-06-04 14:28

The government has declined to comment on reports that ousted Central African Republic president Francois Bozize is in South Africa.

Minister confirms SA troop deployment

2013-05-24 13:13

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has confirmed the deployment of SA troops in countries neighbouring the Central African Republic, to support the withdrawal of troops from the country.

6 dead in latest CAR clash

2013-05-20 18:06

At least six people have died and several other were injured in fighting between military police and Seleka rebels in CAR at the weekend, a military police official says.

CAR rebels went on rampage, body claims

2013-05-10 22:12

Ex-rebel fighters loyal to the new leader of Central African Republic went on a rampage after toppling the former president, executing opponents, raping women and looting homes, Human Rights Watch says.

SANDF flexes muscles ahead of mission

2013-05-09 22:20

The air force has showed off its military might with precision bombing and helicopter gunships firing fusillades of rockets just days ahead of an unprecedented "peace enforcing" deployment to the eastern DRC.

Zuma wants African intervention brigade

2013-05-07 14:28

The African Union needs a stronger military capacity to respond to instability on the continent, President Jacob Zuma has said after meeting his Nigerian counterpart Goodluck Jonathan.

Zuma: Stability needed in CAR

2013-05-03 21:18

No effort should be spared in bringing stability to the Central African Republic, President Jacob Zuma says.

Soldier wounded in CAR dies in hospital

2013-04-30 21:38

A soldier injured on deployment to the Central African Republic has died in hospital, the SA National Defence Force says.

SA missions 'would be peaceful under Cope'

2013-04-27 17:00

SA would actively participate in peace mission and not war if it was under the rule of the Congress of the People, its leader Mosioua Lekota says.

Leaders beg Zuma to redeploy troops

2013-04-22 10:34

Economic Community of Central African States leaders have begged President Jacob Zuma to redeploy South African troops to the Central African Republic.

SA troops may return to CAR

2013-04-21 07:40

A decision on whether South African soldiers would be redeployed to the Central African Republic as peacekeepers will be made later this week, according to a report.

DA demands copy of CAR accord

2013-04-16 22:36

Questions remain about an accord said to have underpinned the South African troop deployment in the Central African Republic, the DA says.

SANDF: All soldiers back from CAR

2013-04-09 13:01

All South African soldiers deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR) have been withdrawn, the SA National Defence Force says.

SA troops back from CAR - report

2013-04-05 19:23

All South African troops are believed to have returned from Central African Republic, a report says.

CAR debate 'could threaten state security'

2013-04-05 13:02

The presidency has hit back at people demanding answers about the deaths of 13 SA soldiers deployed to the Central African Republic, warning they threaten state security.

Parliament defence meeting a 'disgrace'

2013-04-04 22:45

A meeting of Parliament's joint standing committee on defence was an internationally embarrassing disgrace, the DA says.

Govt failed defence force - FF Plus

2013-04-04 21:06

An admission that South African troops were not prepared for attack in the Central African Republic means government failed them, the FF Plus says.

Document shows SANDF protected Bozize

2013-04-04 20:35

The South African National Defence Force was deployed to the Central African Republic to protect the country’s president, Francois Bozize, a document shows.

SA soldiers not deployed for battle

2013-04-04 17:27

South African soldiers deployed in the Central African Republic were not there to wage battle, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says.

We didn't bolt from CAR - Minister

2013-04-04 14:42

SA troops were not fleeing from CAR in the wake of the coup, but a political decision had been made for them to withdraw, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says.

Probe into SA troops killed in CAR

2013-04-04 13:38

Government will investigate international reports querying the death toll of South African soldiers in CAR, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says.

Withdrawal of troops from CAR welcomed

2013-04-04 08:02

The decision to withdraw South African soldiers from the Central African Republic has been welcomed by the DA, which still wants President Jacob Zuma to explain why they were deployed.

Opposition parties press Zuma on CAR

2013-04-03 17:34

President Jacob Zuma breached the Constitution by sending troops to the Central African Republic, opposition parties say.

SANDF denies CAR troop build-up

2013-04-03 12:44

The SA National Defence Force has denied reports suggesting it is massing troops in central Africa, saying it is waiting for direction from government on whether to withdraw its forces.


Zuma's secret deal with dictator

2013-08-25 08:51

The Central African Republic’s ousted dictator Francois Bozize says President Jacob Zuma’s broken promises made during a secret back-room deal led to his downfall.

Another soldier wounded in CAR dies

2013-05-29 09:39

The death toll of South African soldiers attacked in the Central African republic has risen to 15, the SA National Defence Force says.

Minister salutes CAR heroines

2013-05-23 19:35

Two women have stolne the show in the National Assembly for their bravery during the March battle between SA soldiers and Central African Republic rebels.

SA Army's financial woes

2013-05-16 13:56

Budgetary constraints have crippled the SA Army in its attempts to fulfil national and international obligations, army chief Lieutenant General Vusimuzi Masondo says.

Parabat flies into rugby post

2013-05-10 08:47

A Bloemfontein parabat has been admitted to hospital with chest injuries after he flew into a rugby post during a welcoming ceremony for soldiers returning from the Central African Republic.

Mangaung to welcome back CAR soldiers

2013-05-09 10:18

The city of Mangaung will hold a parade to welcome back the South African soldiers who were deployed in the Central Africa Republic.

CAR to probe Bozize for rights violations

2013-05-04 16:07

The Central African Republic's interim government has opened a probe into human rights abuses committed under ousted president Francois Bozize.

Zuma to skip Gupta wedding

2013-05-02 09:33

President Jacob Zuma has cancelled his planned attendance at the Gupta wedding at Sun City, a report says.

Germany lauds SA's role in Africa

2013-04-29 16:28

Germany's Foreign Affairs Minister Guido Westerwelle has lauded South Africa for its interventions in strife-torn countries on the African continent.

Don't twist CAR deployment - minister

2013-04-23 22:27

Opposition parties have been accused of seeking to score political points from the death of South African soldiers in the Central African Republic.

UN calls for end to violence in CAR

2013-04-21 19:16

The United Nations is urging Central African Republic Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye to restore security, a spokesperson says.

No respite for SANDF in troubled DRC, Sudan

2013-04-17 22:03

President Jacob Zuma has extended the deployment of more than 1 300 troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and 850 in Sudan, on the back of the withdrawal from the embattled Central African Republic.

Gordimer warns on troop deployments

2013-04-16 16:39

Nobel literature prize winner Nadine Gordimer has urged South Africa's government to be more cautious about deploying peacekeepers abroad, after 13 troops died in the Central African Republic.

CAR's post-coup cabinet meets

2013-04-05 21:45

The interim government of the Central African Republic says it has held its first cabinet meeting, after seizing power in a bloody coup.

Constitution 'backs Zuma' over CAR

2013-04-05 14:41

The presidency has highlighted extracts of the Constitution to motivate its contention that President Jacob Zuma followed procedure when troops were deployed to the Central African Republic.

Extra CAR flights cost SANDF R370m

2013-04-05 09:14

A defence department spokesperson has said that the SANDF will cover the extra expense of a recent deployment of soldiers and weaponry on 20 hired freight flights to Uganda.

CAR attack should worry SA - minister

2013-04-04 22:45

Questions remained on why South African troops were singled out, apparently by rebels, in the Central African Republic, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says.

CAR death toll claims dismissed

2013-04-04 21:06

The military has rubbished claims that more than 13 South African soldiers were killed in the Central African Republic.

ANC welcomes CAR troop withdrawal

2013-04-04 18:47

The African National Congress has welcomed the government's decision to withdraw South African soldiers from the Central African Republic.

Defence minister: We weren't prepared

2013-04-04 16:09

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has conceded that South African troops were not prepared to deal with an attack in Central African Republic.

Calls for Zuma to establish inquiry

2013-04-04 13:38

President Jacob Zuma should establish a commission of inquiry to determine why South African troops were sent to (CAR), the UDM says.

SANDF clarifies force composition

2013-04-04 11:41

The SANDF decides the composition of forces it deploys based on the task at hand, Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga has said, in response to a report that specialised soldiers were not supposed to be part of the CAR operation.

Leaders won't recognise CAR 'president'

2013-04-03 22:20

African heads of state have decided that it is impossible to recognise rebel chief Michel Djotodia as president of Central African Republic, and want the country to elect a transitional president.

Zuma didn't get OK for CAR mission - Lekota

2013-04-03 15:31

President Jacob Zuma has breached his constitutional obligation by sending troops to the Central African Republic without requesting parliamentary approval, Cope's Mosiuoa Lekota says.

SA sends more troops to CAR - report

2013-04-03 08:43

While government has come under fire for the way in which South African troops were deployed to the Central African Republic, it has emerged that SA has sent even more troops, fighter planes as well as transport planes to troubled central Africa.

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