SANDF deploys troops to Central African Republic

The Presidency have given permission to the SANDF to deploy troops to the Central African Republic.

A military tank. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have been given permission to deployed at least 400 soldiers to Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.

Reports have emerged that at least 200 troops are already in the capital.

The situation in the country has become more volatile.

The soldiers are meant to help secure the capital from the advancing Seleka rebel coalition, which has threatened to march on Bangui, Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville and Cameroon.

But, the SANDF's Siphiwe Dlamini said the decision to send the local troops was well analyzed and the troops will be protecting other South African forces and property.

"We have indeed deployed a number of support and protection members to make sure that our contingent that has been there is protected and safe."

Dlamini also said the troops were there to ensure that the property that South Africa has in the country is secure and safe.

South Africa and the Central African Republic have a bilateral agreement to support each other during such conflicts.