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Malema slams SA’s DRC mission, says rebels undermined soldiers

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EFF leader, Julius Malema, has echoed calls for the more than 2 000 South African troops, currently stationed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to be recalled.

The call follows the death of two South African soldiers and the injury of three others amid the escalating conflict in that region.

The soldiers were deployed to beef up the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) peace-keeping force that has taken over from the Kenyan-led East African Force (EAF), which left in December.

Its seeks to help the DRC stop the Tutsi-led M23 rebels from taking over the North Kivu provincial capital, Goma.

Since their departure earlier this week, opposition parties including the Democratic Alliance and the EFF have slammed the mission, saying South Africa does not have the capacity or resources to justify the deployment.

Malema says the recent rebel attack has undermined South Africa’s military efforts.

 

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to ensuring peace on the African continent.

The President has urged his naysayers to consider that in any war situation, there are people who will fall.

South Africa has previously deployed troops to the DRC, where SADC troops forced the M23 to retreat.

 

 

 

 

Written by: Naomi Kobbie

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