AU welcomes arrest of DRC rebel 19

2013-02-05 21:46

Johannesburg - African Union chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma welcomed the arrest of 19 alleged Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebels in Limpopo on Tuesday.

"If they are coup-plotters, its good that they are arrested," Dlamini-Zuma said.

"According to the AU principles, we do not tolerate unconstitutional changes of government. We do not tolerate coups. People must get to government through a democratic process of election."

The group of alleged rebels from the DRC was arrested in Limpopo on Tuesday morning after months of investigation, said national police spokesperson Brigadier Lindela Mashigo.

They were allegedly planning to overthrow the DRC's current government, and faced charges under the Foreign Military Assistance Act.

The DRC was recently attacked by militants thought to have the backing of neighbouring Rwanda.

The DRC's mineral-rich east has been unstable, and often engulfed by fighting, since a 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Mashigo said the men could not appear in court on Tuesday because of "outstanding administration processes" of the investigation.

"They are likely to appear in court on Thursday or Friday, but it will be this week," he said.

The investigations continues.

  • Mpadu - 2013-02-05 22:34


  • attila.biemuller - 2013-02-06 09:17

    Its their turn to run the country,they are hungry for Money.Money is the biggest Curse for Africa,not allowing it to develope in a democratic way.

  • abner.mophethe - 2013-02-06 09:48

    Kabila's father was once a rebel,what justified his course?cant these so called rebels claim to represent the will of the people in the same way he did?why is it so easy to classify every government opposition as rebels just because they pack a few AK's?why is the eastern DRC so poor when there is so much wealth below the ground,who benefits from that mineral wealth? What has Joseph Kabila achieved since he took power except to look like a hollywood star in expensive suits??????

      wilo.fally - 2013-02-06 10:37

      When Kabila was a rebel, he fought against dictatorial regime that was in place for over 3 decades. If I understand correctly, you claim that M23 can also represent the will of people. I will ask where were M23 in November when elections were taking place? Finally, you comment about opposition having AK? Do you know what has been the cost "AKs" in Congo? Over 6million lives. So if you have no problem "opposition packing few AKs" millions of Congolese do have problem with that.

      abner.mophethe - 2013-02-06 11:13

      @wilo,you certainly misunderstood me,read my post and tell me where i talked of M23,Kabila might have fought Mobutu's regime,yes,but what became of him there after?dint he back down on promises made to the members of his movement that helped him fight for the same freedom you talking about? His son even inherited the presidency,you did not answer my question,who benefits from the mineral riches of the DRC?

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