SA soldiers wounded in DRC

2012-11-13 13:47

Kinshasa - Two South African troops from the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been wounded after being caught in the crossfire between the army and rebels, officials said on Tuesday.

The two were wounded early on Monday in the restive eastern province of North Kivu after clashes erupted between the army and the Mai Mai Sheka militia, said a spokesperson for the UN force (Monusco).

"The local population fled the fighting and others sought shelter at our base and that's how the South African contingent deployed to protect the population," Lieutenant Colonel Prosper Basse, a Monusco spokesperson, told AFP.

Both men were evacuated to a hospital in North Kivu's regional capital of Goma and were in stable condition, he said.

It was not immediately clear if any civilians were killed or wounded in the clashes, which left one army soldier dead and around 20 wounded, he said.

The fighting lasted several hours and the area was quiet on Tuesday, he said.

Monusco has some 17 000 troops, deployed mainly in the chronically unstable but resource rich east of DR Congo.

  • stanley.marries - 2012-11-13 14:04

    And still some ignorant SA citizen are saying :''Soldiers are doing nothing..they are just eating tax payers money!''...

  • captaine.morgan.90 - 2012-11-13 14:19

    Where were they instead of keeping the peace?

      mattcredible - 2012-11-13 15:04

      Are you actually trolling or are you simply retarded? Please, don't be ignorant. Go back to shooting Nazi Zombies.

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-11-13 14:37

    Time to bring our boys home! Fed up with our best troops doing "peace keeping" missions when they are needed here to sort out violent strikers! Just saying!

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-11-13 14:54

    The arrogant former Defense Minister Sisulu has been failing to tell us the combat readiness of our troops. If anything happens to these soldiers, it should be blamed on her door! I do not understand why a country with good resources like ours, will find it difficult to crush Joseph Koni and his M23 child soldiers dead on their tracks! The master tracker De Kock is sitting in jail, instead of being effectively used to sort out these kind of problems we are faced with, that we all know he specializes on!

  • cne.ntanzi1 - 2012-11-13 15:06

    May The Lord of Mercy b wt our SA heroes, speed recovery 2 those wounded. We'll pray 4 them

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-11-13 15:52

    I was ignorant when Use to hear in news papers and radio of trops to have been killed, injured - what came to mind was metal like things, I then came to know that a trope can be a person like me who is trained to fight the war either to defend his own people or other people from other countries based on the relationship. When these soildiers die, get injured in countries away from home, the question comes to mind why they went there? International relations is the answer. Who are we fighting - the rebels is the answer. Why rebels, when they can sit down discuss their issues and agree in one term in the same language they speak? The answer here we can not get....why - the reason is the even rebels got international relations with other rebels who support war every in the world. United Nations peace keeping force - very good name, but mind you the nations are not yet united that's why wars of 17th century are still haunting us today, instead of having peace - we live in pieces.

  • Sello Chauke - 2012-11-13 16:22

    those ppl a risking their lives ,but earn is time awa goverment review their allowance so dat dey can get wat dey deserve

  • Denzo Ngwato McCartar - 2012-11-13 18:36

    \I will cary out my mission with courage and aSsist my comrades-in-arms even at the risk of my own life\\r\nBut it has to start here at home,a strong intervention by our commander in chief is needed now,either to bring them bak home or send more heavily armed members to those camps in Goma cos its getting rougher by the day out there, seems like our fellow comrades-in-arms are being poached by the bloody rebels.

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-13 18:48

    I think getting situation in DRC under control is simple, if supply of weaponsto rebels can be traced where they are from and then that source be closed or stopped then fightings in DRC will stop. Again if all borders of DRC can be closed then from there mission moves internal all those who are causing problems in DRC will be easily caught, this can only happen only if within the government of DRC there are no people who are using mines and fighting to enrich themselves because they will be the one to oppose closing of the borders for their benefit.

  • KennySven - 2012-11-13 20:58

    Our troops are badly needed back home to look after our people not running around in the Congo bush.There are violent out of control strikes county wide with far to few police available. cANCer wake up and look after our people first.

  • inyangamugayo - 2012-11-14 18:08

    The only to way to stop war in the region is to arrest president Paul kagame of Rwanda and take him to ICC. otherwise the region's conflict will never end. He is the root cause of all instability in the great lakes region.

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