SA soldier dies in the DRC

By Drum Digital
20 December 2016

A South African soldier has died during an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the Mayi Mayi military group.

A member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has died in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following an attack on South Africa’s military base by the Mayi Mayi military group.

Four other South African soldiers were injured in the same incident.

Xolani Mabanga, spokesperson at the SANDF explains that they were deployed under the Force Intervention Brigade, which also comprised of troops from Malawi and Tanzania.

The soldiers were deployed to the DRC as part of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) which is a peace-keeping force responsible for creating stability in the country.

Mabanga told DRUM he would not be able to release the names of the deceased and injured soldiers because their families have not been informed yet.

“The team is still working on contacting the families of those who have were involved in death and injuries,” he says. “I can’t disclose the names to the media yet. That would be worst thing to do.”

All injured SANDF members were evacuated to the level three hospitals in Goma. Evacuation to a Level 4 Hospital will take place once the wounded soldiers are stable for transportation.

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