South African military: 2 troops killed, 3 wounded during Congo mission

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In a tragic turn of events, the South African military reported the loss of two soldiers and the injury of three others in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to a mortar bomb attack. The incident occurred within the context of South Africa’s contribution to a larger force deployed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to assist the Congolese government in combating rebel groups operating in the country’s volatile eastern region.

President Cyril Ramaphosa swiftly addressed criticisms from the opposition regarding the preparedness of South African troops for such engagements. The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, had previously voiced concerns about the adequacy of military equipment and training for missions in conflict zones like the DRC. However, Ramaphosa defended the country’s military capabilities, asserting that South Africa has a long history of participating in peacekeeping missions across the African continent.

The mortar bomb attack, which claimed the lives of two soldiers and left three others wounded, underscores the dangers faced by military personnel operating in hostile environments. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has initiated an investigation into the incident to determine the circumstances surrounding the attack and identify any lapses in security protocols.

Despite the tragic loss of life, South Africa remains committed to its mission in the DRC and to supporting efforts to restore stability and security in the region. Ramaphosa emphasized the importance of international cooperation in addressing the complex challenges facing the DRC, including the resurgence of rebel groups like the M23.

The M23, a Tutsi-led rebel faction, has recently intensified its offensive in eastern Congo, posing a significant threat to the country’s fragile peace process. South Africa’s involvement in the region reflects its broader commitment to promoting peace and security in Africa and upholding its responsibilities as a member of the international community.

As the nation mourns the loss of its fallen soldiers, there is a renewed call for unity and solidarity in the face of adversity. The sacrifices made by these brave men and women serve as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for peace and stability in the DRC and the broader African continent. South Africa stands firm in its resolve to honour their memory and continue working towards a brighter and more peaceful future for all.

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