SA Air Force 'on rescue mission to CAR'

2013-03-25 08:33

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - South African Air Force rescue team has left the country bound for Entebbe Uganda to prepare to evacuate wounded SA soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to a report.

Two South African Air Force transport aircarft left Pretoria on Sunday night, said Eye Witness News on Monday.

Defence Department Spokesperson Brigadier General Xolani Mbanga confirmed that some South African troops were killed and wounded in the CAR. He was however, not able to give exact numbers.

Latest reports say that at least nine SA soldiers were killed whilst manning a check point outside Bangui, the CAR capital that was overrun by rebels who now control the city.

"I saw the bodies of six South African soldiers. They had all been shot," a Reuters witness said. Later, he saw three more bodies in burned-out South African military vehicles.

South Africa sent 250 troops to the CAR in January to protect two dozen military trainers that have been there for some years, in terms of a bi-lateral agreement.

It boosted this strength when the power sharing deal struck two months ago between President Francois Bozize and the rebels broke down last week.

Bozize has since fled the country after the capital fell to Seleka rebels. He is believed to be in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the UN in Bangui, peacekeepers are planning to leave the CAR.

Read more on:    un  |  francois bozize  |  drc  |  sa  |  uganda  |  central african republic  |  central africa  |  uprisings

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.