SA soldiers in CAR for 5 years

2013-01-06 22:30

Bangui - South Africa has authorised the sending of 400 soldiers to Central African Republic (CAR) where government and regional troops are battling a rebel insurgency.

"President Jacob Zuma has authorised the deployment of 400 South African National Defence Force personnel to the Central African Republic," Zuma's office said in a statement.

Their mandate is to March 2018, it added.

The South African presidency said the soldiers would help with training of the Central African Republic defence force.

It "will also assist CAR with the disarmament, demobilisation and re-integration processes", it added.

Earlier a military source said at least 200 South African soldiers had arrived in the capital Bangui to try to secure it from advancing rebels.

"This well-equipped South African contingent arrived in the middle of the week. ... Its mission is to secure the Central African capital," the source told AFP.

The troops, based not far from the neighbourhood housing the residence of President Francois Bozize, "joins in Central Africa a South African military contingent already deployed as part of military co-operation", the source added.

After the South African troops arrived, the co-ordinator of the Citizens Coalition Opposed to the Armed Rebels, Levy Yakite, appealed on Sunday on national radio for his movement to remove roadblocks set up to prevent attempts by the rebels to infiltrate.

With the Seleka rebel coalition threatening to march on Bangui, Gabon, Congo and Cameroon in recent days have each sent 120 troops, according to a source with the multinational African peacekeeping force Fomac.

They will join 400 Chadian soldiers already deployed to protect Damara, the last town on the rebels' road to Bangui, the source said.

Eyewitness News reports that SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said the "decision to send the local troops was well analysed and the troops will be protecting other South African forces and property.

“We have indeed deployed a number of support and protection members to make sure that our contingent that has been there is protected and safe.”

The troops have apparently been sent there to ensure that the property South Africa has in the country is secure and safe.

South Africa and the Central African Republic have a bilateral agreement of support.

  • rory.n.price - 2013-01-06 22:51

    No strikes I hope

      Wally Wal - 2013-01-07 06:11

      TONY and cusato will join them later just in case its time to strike

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2013-01-06 23:06

    African Solutions for African problems - UN funded. We should send more township tsotsi's and make men out of them so they can see what real suffering is.

      hein.huyser - 2013-01-07 06:28

      Send the Malemas of this world. Some first hand experience in the results of communists at work is always a great eye opener

      Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2013-01-07 07:01

      Words from a true Paul Kruger dissident.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2013-01-06 23:13

    You guys are not thinking very far are you?

      cliff.slabbert - 2013-01-06 23:17

      Discuss what might be the reason and think!!!! That is why we need a good education system in this country .. it makes people think!

      cliff.slabbert - 2013-01-06 23:30

      Put your minds to use instead of making childish remarks about 'klapping', strikes and coffins. When a country puts troops onto another country it costs money and lots of it. How do they get their money back???? I will leave this up to you clowns to work out.

      cliff.slabbert - 2013-01-06 23:51

      Rooster and all of you, The Central African Republic have resources ie. oil, and a host of other strategic minerals. How do they pay 'us' back? Who sits at the top of the new companies formed in CAR? - guess?

      cliff.slabbert - 2013-01-06 23:52

      Remember 'us' is not you and me .

      cliff.slabbert - 2013-01-07 00:03

      Sorry about my tirade Rooster and I respect your time defending what you believed in. The whole scenario is much bigger than we know. We are just puppets in the whole game that's all and it pisses me off big time.

      marcel.vanheerden.35 - 2013-01-07 08:36

      Maybe the country needs some coffins to come back.......make the powers that be need to see that our military IS ill equipped, etc, etc,etc. Its a terrible price to pay for an eye opener but maybe we need it. Or our boys might just shine out there.Hell who knows none of us can predict the future.

  • Tuyez - 2013-01-06 23:23

    Some people cannot see beyond their noses, i guess.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-01-06 23:33

    Khulubuse got the tender to supply army equipment and ARV's to the deployed troops . Another project for ANC tenderpreneurs . Sneaky looters !

  • simson.moller - 2013-01-06 23:55

    HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

  • Sammy Willow - 2013-01-07 00:10

    only good military ever to sort this was executive outcomes pity they gone

      ian.fraser.98 - 2013-01-07 05:21

      Good comment but all the so African Hot spots and leaders of the international community deploy the use of i agree use this type of service they are experienced professional soldiers not a bunch of CIVIL SERVANTS

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2013-01-07 01:21

    Send in ADT , Chub or anyone of the big name sercurity companys . Might do a beter job .

  • michael.dexter3 - 2013-01-07 01:47

    Then in 6 months time we will send another 400 sandf soldiers to protect the first 400 sent there and so we do the snow ball dance!! a slippery slope isn't it?

      koos.vandermerwe.372 - 2013-01-07 05:15

      AIDS will spread again.

  • Sibusiso - 2013-01-07 05:11

    I wish all of our soldiers come back home safe when their mission is accomplished.Those that are interested in seeing our country succeed should come together and ensure that we install a govt that trully has the interest of the people at heart.Granted,there'll always be those who believe in the DEAD pre 1994 SA.Fortunately ,many will soon be dead with it.

      hein.huyser - 2013-01-07 06:36

      Meaning? Not all was bad pre 94. You sound a bit indoctrinated As for you and yours, I'm planning to live out my pension, so I'm gonna be here for a long while still. Or are you one of those who agrre with this genocide of whites currently happening in SA? Cone, please do tell

      hein.huyser - 2013-01-07 12:10

      We are waiting Sbu!!

  • phuti.mashau - 2013-01-07 06:08

    All the best to our Soldiers, may they come back home in one piece.

      lj.roos - 2013-01-07 06:21

      At the end of the day, these are fellow South Africans being deployed in a dangerous part of Earth, best of luck to them, hope they all come back safely.

  • hein.huyser - 2013-01-07 06:23

    Is that why we cant protect our own borders? All our men in other countries? I say charity (in this case, protection) start at home first. Who is paying to have our troops all over this continent in its neverending wars?

      kgotso.selome - 2013-01-07 06:47

      for your info my friend, UN is paying. soldiers deployed outside its borders are no longer compensated by the country but UN...

      Cza Ziphethe - 2013-01-07 08:04

      For your info, Gov has already taken a resolution to send back the troops to man our borders & some have already been deployed along the Kruger border.

      hein.huyser - 2013-01-07 12:16

      @Kgotso, I hope so. Last time I checked the UN had some serious financial issues. But still I trust this will be the case. I just like it when my taxes go to whete ot is intended. Job creation, improvement of infrastructure etc. @Cza, the troops in Kruget have one duty and misdion. They must protect our rhinos.

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2013-01-07 06:49

    "Stand at attention if you feel like it!!!! The foundation of the army is 1) demand 2) KFC 3) lots of unprotected forced sex 7) strike to get more for less if 'demand' fails 9) blame apartheid in Sout Africa 11) denaai. 5) weapons training by watch action channel on DsTV. Now DROP and give me 20 of number 3) !!!!!

  • sango.jika - 2013-01-07 07:00

    white people you bitterness is not helping you in anyways, you the first people to say the SANDF is doing nothing yet when they are deployed to serve and protect you still complain. Some of you compare the current army to the one you had back in the 80s, the only thing that army was good for was to kill its own people. now if you'll can just shut up and stop disagreeing with everything you will be doing us all a favour.

      dave.kofang - 2013-01-07 09:05

      @Sango i agree with u.This people offer no solution to the problems facing the country.Having grew up in the 80s i know how da army was used against citizens in the township.They dnt have a shame in bragging about unjust border war.

      hein.huyser - 2013-01-07 12:22

      Sango, Dave, our army now is doing what the army did in the 80s. If you cant see they are only looking after other people's ego trips then we have a bigger problem than what I think. Just otjer role players in action now. Other peoples' agendas being looked after by our soldiers. Do you think thats OK?, then shut up about the army of yhe 80s, they did exactly the same. CAR caused their own problems, let them sort it out. We have our own problems, we need to look at home first

      sango.jika - 2013-01-07 12:38

      @hein what problems do we have here at home that needs the army to be deployed? What peoples egos are they looking after, i see you one of those whites who think life was better back then only because it benefited them.

  • Ndangah Alan Mmberegeni - 2013-01-07 07:01

    all that i can say is good luck south african soldier, may god be with you . we all know anything can happen , your family loves you guys and i agree that you will be you best and cum back home safe in south africa. salute love and peace , our number must not be reduce (400) it must come back like that. we all know the rule.

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2013-01-07 07:08

    May God be with you during your stay that far from home. I hope there won't be any attacks and you all come back in one peace. Go serve the nation and know you're greatly appreciated here at home.

  • daryn.wickham - 2013-01-07 07:22

    mmm we can send troops to central africa but not to Zimbabwe, Whats up with that ? Corruption Stinks !

      Cza Ziphethe - 2013-01-07 08:01

      why would we wanna send troops to Zim? in Zim the gov is the problem, in CAR the state is under attack. What corruption are you on about? Or rather what is corruption, maybe i don't know what it is.

      hein.huyser - 2013-01-07 12:26

      Cza, so by your argument, if there is a popular uprising in Zim it will be OK for our troops to go and defend the despot Mgabe.

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-01-07 07:38

    I know Zuma is Commander In Chief, but shouldn't they first debate this whole deployment thing in parliament because surely, we stand to benefit as much as we'll lose.

  • - 2013-01-07 07:42

    Our soldiers will help training soldiers from Car, etc, Our soldiers are too busy striking and being shot than training and leopard crawling over a rugby field if they do not get their way.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-01-07 07:42

    Since these soldiers are not serving or protecting SA have they been asked if they are prepared to give their lives for such a dysfunctional country? In any way CAR is millions in arrears with their UN contributions so they have a big nerve accepting and expecting the UN for assistance! The soldiers will much better be employed keeping the peace in their own country.

      sango.jika - 2013-01-07 08:46

      If SA was to be attacked by some terrorist do you expect the government to ask if the soldiers want to fight the terrorists or not? This people are trained to kill what is the point of having an army if they can't fight wars.

      hein.huyser - 2013-01-07 12:29

      Sango, you are against America being all over the world with their armies causing wars. Whats our troops doing in another country?

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2013-01-07 08:12

    Probably well equipped with food and sleeping bags...

  • fabian.d.brandt - 2013-01-07 09:35

    ja is wee zuma en Afrika,bt he doesnt wat2d army in certain places in south africa mxm hw nyc

  • Phumlane Mkhwanazi - 2013-01-07 09:36

    God be with you, its about time we protect our interests we cant be giving forever!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-07 09:41

    They will help with training?. In that case the rebels have nothing to worry about.

  • JohnDough - 2013-01-07 10:26

    Watch the crime rate increase in CAR.

  • Albert Hanekom - 2013-01-07 10:41

    As a white soldier in the SANDF i am ashamed at some of the comments from my fellow man. Its easy to sit on th sidelines and judge us but most of us are trying to make everything better. Please dont compare the pre 94 army with the current one as our budget is way less than it was back then.

      nazeem.samodien - 2013-01-07 13:31

      Don't worry about them, you guys are doing a mammoth job on a shoe string budget. Although highly efficient, Pre-94 had close to 4 times your current budget and was built only for offensive purposes. peace keeping is totally different. Good Luck if you get deployed and be safe!

      mmoledis - 2013-01-13 21:41

      I salute you Albert and just be patrotic as you are now this is your country and if it sent you you must forget about those who are againstthe ruling party just do your job and represent your country. well done!

  • brian.ocinneide.7 - 2013-01-07 11:18

    There is a very highly decorated officer from Durban who would be the ideal man to lead the force and stay there for 5 years.

  • abner.mophethe - 2013-01-07 11:30

    im sure you guys can do better that these soldiers, on your playstations,

  • matmon.reggie - 2013-01-07 14:47

    most ppl undamyn de SANDF coz dey ar nt members let me share with u dis SANDF is regarded n respected bi most African continent coz dey ar more competent n well trained as compared 2 ada countries datz y dey provide training n act as peacekeepers.

  • mmoledis - 2013-01-13 21:32

    I rrespective of bileteral support, South Africa as Africas best country economically and militarily they should try to protect Africa from falling on the hands of rebels because at the end the whole of Africa can be introuble of being a terrorist continent,so with the progress of peace South Africa has achieved so far in Burundi and DRC it must not wait for situation in CAR to escalate because it will at the end if left to,disturb peace alreasy agreed upon and prevailing in DRC and Burundi and lastly as country has property in those countries it was good for the president to sent troops to protect their properties and too civilians and their rights against rebels who do not care.If Africa is not in peace then so is our rainbow nation South Africa.I salute our government for sending troops in CAR and hope they can sent even more to close borders of DRC and CAR against rebels while those twoo countries are busy preparing their forces by training them properly and also government of those countries buy sophisticated weaponry for their forces to enable them to can protect the country properly.

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