Presidency confirms deployment of SANDF to DRC

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The Presidency has confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered the deployment of 2 900  South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

It says the aim is to fulfill South Africa’s obligation to the regional bloc  Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya says the troops will join the fight against illegal armed groups in the eastern DRC.

“In fulfilling South Africa’s international obligation towards the SADC mission to support the DRC, President Ramaphosa ordered the deployment of the South African National Defence Force, to assist in the fight against illegal armed groups in the eastern DRC. The obligation to contribute troops to the SADC mission in the DRC is borne by all SADC member states,” adds Magwenya.

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