Zuma: 13 SA soldiers killed in CAR

2013-03-25 12:44

Thirteen South African soldiers were killed in fighting at the weekend in Central African Republic, President Jacob Zuma said today, and pledged not to recognise coup leaders.

One soldier is missing and 27 were wounded in clashes with rebels who have taken control of the capital, he said.

“As a member of the African Union, South Africa rejects any attempt to seize power by force, and therefore would support sanctions and other measures against the perpetrators of any unconstitutional change of government,” Zuma said.

South Africa has hundreds of soldiers in CAR acting as trainers and peacekeepers, which Zuma said was “part of our efforts to contribute towards peace and stability in the region.”

» Follow @City_Press for tweets from the South African National Defence Force briefing on the troops’ deaths in CAR.

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