SANDF soldier on peacekeeping mission in DRC killed in friendly fire incident

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An SANDF member has been killed in the DRC.
An SANDF member has been killed in the DRC.
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An SA National Defence Force (SANDF) soldier was shot dead in a friendly fire incident in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Thursday morning. 

According to the SANDF, the soldier, who was deployed as part of a peacekeeping mission in the country, was killed while taking part in an operation in Kilia, the eastern DRC. 

Spokesperson Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi said details around the friendly fire incident were still sketchy, adding a board of inquiry had been convened to investigate it. 

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"The identity of the deceased will be confirmed once the SANDF has formally informed the family and the next of kin," Mgobozi added. 

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, her deputy, Thabang Makwetla, Secretary for Defence Sonto Kudjoe and SANDF chief General Rudzani Maphwanya have extended their condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the dead soldier. 

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