Ramaphosa authorises deployment of soldiers to Mozambique - at a cost of nearly R1bn

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South African troops will reinforce Mozambique's battle against Islamist insurgents for the next three months - and taxpayers are forking out close to R1 billion for the mission.

In a letter to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that he authorised the "employment" of 1 495 soldiers as part of an international obligation to combat "the acts of terrorism and violent extremists" in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province.

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