DRC rebels 'came to SA for military training'

2013-02-06 08:25

Cape Town – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has said that the 19 men arrested for plotting a coup in the Democratic republic of Congo were allegedly in South Africa to receive military training, according to an Eyewitness report.

The NPA however denied reports that the group had links to Congolese rebel group M23, which has been fighting in the eastern parts of the central African country.

The group was arrested in Limpopo on Tuesday after months of investigation.

They were allegedly planning to overthrow the DRC's current government of President Joseph Kabila who was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2011.

"The group’s objective was to receive specialised military training to overthrow the current DRC government, the NPA's Makhosini Nkosi said.

Nkosi said no South African was implicated in the plot.

Police refused to divulge whether any arms or documents were seized during the raid.

The group will appear in court this week and all 19 are expected to stand trial in South Africa.

  • attila.biemuller - 2013-02-06 08:38

    I bet,once convicted.They will escape, just like they do in the Congo.

      Fumanchu - 2013-02-06 09:22

      Training FROM WHO?

      zip.reeper - 2013-02-06 10:21

      in africa, banana republic coups are par for the course. in addition, these 19 should be given refugee status in South Africa, RDP houses and social welfare payments - and probably will be!

  • dewaldmontgomery - 2013-02-06 08:41

    Not that I condone ANY form of terror for political purposes, however, I beg of you: What is the DIFFERENCE? They want FREEDOM for their people. Their government doesn't want to give it to them. They have become REBELS (terrorists). Isn't this EXACTLY THE SAME as the ANC? So - here's the questions: (1) How is this different from the ANC? (2) Why does the ANC government REJECT their behaviour? (Note: I repeat, I do NOT condone their means, and I despise the ANC).

      DrGonzoSA - 2013-02-06 08:57

      The difference is that the ANC have been democratically elected by the (very large) majority of people in the country.

      bernard.nienaber - 2013-02-06 09:04

      Spot on gonzo

      Tuner - 2013-02-06 10:30

      gonzo, you are not spot on! Read monti's question again and answer properly.

      Gxowa Vusumzi Coward - 2013-02-06 10:57

      Someone's terrorist is someone's freedom fighter eg Mandela remember mos.In case of thse guys SA is busy negotiating peacefull agrement in DRC so it can't b seen taking sides

      dewaldmontgomery - 2013-02-06 13:40

      Halloo?? Did you forget about the ANC's PRE-1994 history? Read my question properly. Of course the ANC (hopefully) didn't bomb anyone or shoot anyone AFTER 1994.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2013-02-06 13:43

      Oh, and by the way, that 'majority' is unraveling. The ANC had one goal - get rid of WHITE rule. Now that they've achieved that goal, there is NOTHING to hitch together the NINE DISTINCT SOUTHERN AFRICAN CULTURES that COMPRISES its 'majority'. That's WHY the ANC is unraveling so QUICKLY. TRIBALISM. FACTIONALISM. Not that that's the topic. Anyway.

  • NKAISANA - 2013-02-06 08:52

    BIG BIG BIG BIG lies from NPA they fail to investigate Nkandlagate because they are sleeping in the same bed with Zuma

  • Siyakha Siya Ess Mabona - 2013-02-06 08:58

    how did they get in the country in the first place. The government needs to secure our borders as best as they can,to many dangerous people getting in and out of the country as they plz

      dereck.chiwara.5 - 2013-02-06 09:37

      i think most ple think securing the border is the only way of containing crime workup to 21st century all those came with proper papers no those illegal poor pole who can not put food on the table

  • DrGonzoSA - 2013-02-06 08:58

    I wonder who is doing the training? Executive Outcomes?

      Tuner - 2013-02-06 10:34

      You seem to have a problem reading english. The article above states clearly that the NPA say no SAs are involved. Anyway, Exec Outcomes disbanded years ago and they wont be so dumb as to do training here, anyway.

  • conrad.marshall - 2013-02-06 09:02

    yesterday the NPA said these rebels were in fact, part of the M23 group, now they deny it.... also who was going to train these rebels in SA? this is very disturbing that these terrorist types can come to SA to plan and train for their terror acts within our borders......

  • ngcosman - 2013-02-06 09:11

    Another fact that most South Africans will ignore about most of our african brother's intentions to come to mzansi.

  • gert_swart - 2013-02-06 09:16

    How on earth is it possible that they can enter South Africa like that?

  • Rudolph Opperman - 2013-02-06 09:38

    gonzo, did you guys miss the part of our history where bombs were exploded in Church street and Magoos etc? MK, does that ring a bell? Were they not trained across border?

  • simphiwe.tladi - 2013-02-06 09:40

    It's time we militarily secure our country,it's developing fast but entered easily and that's dangerous...maybe these foreign nationals' tuck shops all over SA funded this.Who knows?

  • William Mohlolo - 2013-02-06 09:42

    Same people who gave them access in SA, are the same people who promised them training. We help you now and you gonna help us in near future, that's a promise they got. Soon aims and plans will come out.

  • solly.knoetze - 2013-02-06 09:59

    " A Nothing Cee" wrong with that. Our comrades were also trained in DRC. Come on man, we all know the tricks NPA.

  • nathi.ntshobodwana - 2013-02-06 10:03

    Who was going to train them by the way ????

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-02-06 10:03

    they are now qualified boereninjas

  • flysouth - 2013-02-06 10:09

    The more important question is - from whom would these people have been expecting to receive training in SA? Are we supposed to believe that they came all the way to SA in order to train themselves?

  • mnmwale - 2013-02-06 10:14

    It looks like South Africa is living up to its image of the rainbow nation. Everything is so mixed up to the extent of confusion. It is difficult to pin all the goings on in this country to a single logical explanation. I am really finding it difficult to also understand this story, taking into account the fact that South Africa supports Kabila who has given it access to rich Congolese mineral resources. And then these so-called anti-Kabila insurgence come to receive so-called specialised training in South Africa. Someone is pulling our legs here!

  • Eliya Thulani Tembe - 2013-02-06 10:14

    Security still need to be reinforced in South Africa if there's still some bunch of criminals crossing our country's borders with arms and succeed without being noticed,minister of defence must tighten up his forces around all the borders,this is not a war zone.

  • godfrey.kazadi - 2013-02-06 10:22

    if it is true that they came to train I wish I can be part of them because I can not accept to see a useless government leading my beloved country

  • charles.banda.9212 - 2013-02-06 10:45

    Could NPA hear their own voice? Which training could South Africans give to Congolese if they have never been to war themselves? Level of security, pathetic! Home Affairs today can't account for many Congolese live in this country, and on what paper.

  • tian.nel.31 - 2013-02-06 10:50

    why dnt the sa government do something about these illegal immigrants crossing the border into our country.they dnt have anythng and if they dnt find a job they steal and kill to support many illegal immigrants are in sa 4million?more?

  • nathan.g.moss - 2013-02-06 11:04

    The rebels do know that all they would have learnt is how to strike.

  • Gxowa Vusumzi Coward - 2013-02-06 11:08

    Are we at war? Do we need the useless Army? Why must we spend so much on the army for what cz we r a neutral nation? Those r the questions u guys ask when the gvmnt buys anything for the Army.U r now complaing about the safety of our borders nhe who must secure it with what cz u reject n question anything the defence buy.The Presdnt cn deploy the army tomorrow n close the border u will still complain about the cost.These rebels must come in numbers so dat u cn c u don't only need fully equiped army for war only

  • mnganduna - 2013-02-06 11:17

    The people of the DRC want KABILA OUT!!! Simple as that. The ANC had camps all over AFRICA for their Freedom fighters then called terrorists... South Africans have to be educated about other parts of the World and in particular Africa. Foreigners don't just come to South Africa. How many Congolese demonstrated around the World asking for their freedom while at the same time the South African government was the 1st in the WORLD to access KABILA as a winner of elections since South Africa has some illegal and unjust business activities with the MOST UNWANTED and INCAPABLE president in the entire world.

  • shaylene.stenger - 2013-02-06 11:28

    maybe Julius has found another

  • sam.snead.9277 - 2013-02-06 13:14

    En-masse they jumped the border? Where were our intelligence services? Nvm they were busy spuying on the DA and securing Nkandla from other South Africans and liberal Zulus, I bet all of those 'rebels' are illegal immigrants, with no passport!

  • michealmukendi.tshibangu - 2013-02-07 09:30

    Mr.zuma government is one a mound the africans government supporters of joseph kabila or fraud the 2011 election in drcongo this matters was confirmed by UN that election was«floyded»how comes this group called rebels cane fund again in south africa for a military training or could have done the training!!or could have giving theme the material???for what!!! If are rebels why need again a training for what!!!bcz the use to fight this it fabricated stories this people it just a protesters against kabila or the SADC africans leaders supports africa wakup help you brothers drc is one of the greats powerful country very reach this mineral belong to all africans cane be use wright for the all africa interest not just this africans leaders dictators I call to all africans to stop this nosans bcz 2mr cane be you turn in on country u never know ase was the exenple of others country in trouble today in africa SADC it is a group of business people or were train by US,EUROPE to create trouble,war in africa for the on interest in the africans soul resources

  • lois.lloyd.1238 - 2013-02-07 14:17

    The strength of the voter should be in it's level of intelligence and not in it's majority of stupidity. Don't let age be the criteria for voting let it be IQ levels.

  • david.walt.7 - 2013-02-07 15:06

    I would not be suprised if they are current S.A. mercs training these guys. A lot of S.A. ex army were hired for iraq and afghanistan. Those deployments are basically finished so new clients are required. These mercs have some really hard core up-to-date weapon and combat experience to give to anyone with money.

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