SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT ORDERS DEPLOYMENT OF TROOPS TO THE C.A.R

CAPE TOWN, Jan. 6 (Xinhua)

South African President Jacob Zuma has
authorized the deployment of 400 South
African National Defense Force (SANDF)
personnel to the Central African Republic
(CAR) torn by a civil war, it was announced on Sunday.

The South African troops will render
support in fulfilment of an international
obligation of the Republic of South Africa
towards the CAR, the Presidency said.The troops’ mission will last from Jan. 2
this year to March 31, 2018.

The deployment is authorized in
accordance with the South African
Constitution, the Presidency said in a
statement. “The deployed members of the SANDF will assist with capacity building of the CAR Defense Force and will also assist CAR with the planning and implementation of the disarmament,demobilization and re-integration processes,” the statement said. “The deployment of members of the SANDF to CAR is one of the efforts that South Africa is making to bring about peace and stability in the region.”

The South African government has urged
armed groups in Central African Republic
(CAR) to immediately cease hostilities,
withdraw from captured cities and cease any further advances towards the city of Bangui. As the situation worsened in the CAR, Zuma earlier this year dispatched Defense and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to the CAR to assess the situation there.

The South African government has said
that as a member of the African Union, it
rejects any attempt to seize power by
force, and therefore supports sanctions
and other measures against the
perpetrators of any unconstitutional change of government and their total
isolation. In their latest offensive, anti-government forces have taken several towns in the CAR without much resistance from ill-equipped government forces and were moving closer to the capital of Bangui.

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12 Responses to SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT ORDERS DEPLOYMENT OF TROOPS TO THE C.A.R

  1. Cutievik says:

    Very good,it’s high time we see them put in the SADF and let’s see what they got,Africa is fast detolerating in terms of political stability,the big brothers of Africa must all rise up to hold this continent together,we can’t let the myopic thoughts of a few individuals ruin us.

  2. K'yall Kelvins says:

    Yeah Cutievik, a “thrilling-patronising-decision” assume-tively veiled. But on the contrary, a ‘geopolitical misadventure’ to say the least, fully loaded with geopolitical ramifications. The chances of succeeding are very rare. No hard feelings, don’t quote me…akin to Kenya deploying to Togo. Over the Nigerian airspace? No doubts.

  3. makanaky says:

    May be its the new scramble for dominace by Africans for Africa with CAR as the centre stage……..Nigeria will not want to get involve! Our eyes is set on Mali where the real battle for who is who in terms of capability,endurance and mental power will be fought, men are invited but boys are not welcomed.

  4. jimmy says:

    This is a bad situation that is only going to get worse.

  5. makanaky says:

    @Jimmy another DRC in the making ? lets hope a headway is found and rebels abide or scared by threats of regional and AU military intervention but it looks very slim.

    • jimmy says:

      Most countries in the past try Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Angola when going to the aid of another country at the behest of the Head of state of that country normally would send a battalion size contingent.
      The sheer POOR numbers of troops being sent by Gabon, Niger, Chad, is an indication of what they think lies ahead.
      IMHO It means they do not want to get involved but to save face they sent a token force that if things get too rough to be quickly evacuated from the Capital which @ this point the rebels have no interest in attacking. ,

  6. anas says:

    This current SANDF is a shadow of itself , it has one the oldest infantry and H I V is rly dealin wit them they r nt wat they use to be in 1980s

  7. Cutievik says:

    Let’s see wat they got”

  8. Yagazie says:

    If it had been the ‘apartheid era’ SADF that was being deployed- then one would really sit up and take notice. Since 1994 and the ascent of the ANC to National Governance, the millitary capabilities of the SA Army have been seriously degraded and the army is a shadow of its former self. Still you can be sure that they will be well kitted and supplied. Whehter they can fight (like the SADF of old) is a different matter. The jury is out on that one.

  9. Spirit says:

    Kudos to SA. But why this ‘one-leg-in-one-leg-out’ strategy?
    Guys, lets salute Nigeria again for ECOMOG!

  10. peccavi says:

    SA powerplay but I think its more aimed towards Angola/ DRC than Nigeria as it is not really in our sphere of interest.
    Nigeria would do well to stay out of this one. A country where the Presidents son is Minister of Defence is kind of asking to be over run.Our interests run from Senegal via Mali, Niger, Chad, Camerron and all in between including the continental shelf. Abeg let RSA throw their troops into that basket case to their hearts content. They are still out of range of Naija so its all good

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