- MANDY DE WAAL
- SOUTH AFRICA
- 03 APRIL 2013 02:45 (SOUTH AFRICA)
- Gasa’s murder shocks family at the Independent on Sunday
- Businessman found dead in river at the Daily News
- Arms deal commission: Desperately seeking Fana Hlongwane at Mail & Guardian
- Arms deal offsets of ‘no benefit to economy’ in the Cape Argus
Seriti faces court over arms deal queries, says advocate
Arms commission blind to the facts
- DE WET POTGIETER & KHADIJA PATEL
- SOUTH AFRICA
- 02 APRIL 2013 01:23 (SOUTH AFRICA)
- Heroes and victims: SA’s fallen CAR troops in Daily Maverick
File photo of the Swedish-made Gripen aircraft
Mbali Sibanyoni | 40 minutes ago
France's official news agency RFI reported that rebels in the CAR said the number of South African soldiers who died in battle last month ranges between 36 and 50.
The official death toll from government was 13.
The SANDF’s Xolani Mabanga has dismissed these claims.
“Anybody who has a figure more than 13 is more than welcome to bring the bodies of our personnel to the SANDF.”
Meanwhile, the South African National Defence Union (SANDU) has welcomed the decision to withdraw all South Africa’s troops from the CAR.
President Jacob Zuma attended an emergency summit in Chad on Wednesday where a decision was taken not to recognise the rebel government in the CAR.
This means South Africa’s agreements with that country effectively fall away.
Whatever troops remain in the CAR will now be withdrawn, although most of the soldiers have been brought home already.
SANDU National Secretary Pikkie Greef said they were satisfied with the decision.
“SANDU is delighted to hear about the withdrawal of the troops. This is what we’ve been calling for over the past week. We must however caution that it does not mean our troops will not be deployed there again in the future.”
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)
FRANCE HAS NOW ANNOUNCED THAT THE AMOUNT OD SA SOLDIERS KILLED IN CAR STANDS AT
36 TO 50 AND NOT 13 AS SUGGESTED BY PRES ZUMA.
Now all SA's decommissioned planes are being taken out of 'mothballs' and flown to Uganda to join in the fight.
Who is the despot now?