Thursday, September 24, 2015

SANDF troops to face court martial

That is the headline from IOL News, because, as it reports:

The South African defence force on Thursday said it was withdrawing around 50 soldiers from the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo to face court martial.

The group are alleged to have broken curfew in the eastern DRC where they have been stationed as part of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO), Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga told ANA.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has about 900 to 1 000 troops stationed in the eastern DRC as part of the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), which operates under the auspices of MONUSCO.

In a statement, the military added: “The members were found to have acted in a manner that compromised the security of SANDF members deployed in the area by breaching or violating the SANDF Military Discipline Supplementary Measures Act (No 16 of 1999) and Code of Conduct as well as United Nations Code of Conduct for Peacekeepers.

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