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Special Task Force gets thumbs up

The Special Task Force has been praised following the arrest of DRC “rebels” in Limpopo.

The Special Task Force has been praised following the arrest of DRC “rebels” in Limpopo.

JOHANNESBURG - Police on Tuesday praised officers involved in the arrest of 19 suspects accused of plotting to overthrow the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The group of so-called "rebels" will appear in court this week as police continue to gather evidence in Limpopo.

There are reports that some or all of those detained are members or affiliates of M23, a well-known rebel group in the central African country.

The M23 was formed in 2012 by over 300 soldiers after a fallout with the government.

In November, they took control of Goma and tried to overthrow the country's government.

The police's Lindelo Mashigo said, "We had to make sure that our task force members, who are known for being well-trained, carried out their operation without any glitches."

Police would not confirm whether the suspects are linked to M23 and simply called them "rebels".

It is still not clear if police recovered any arms during Tuesday morning's operation.

The men are expected to stand trial in South Africa under the Foreign Military Assistance Act.

The DRC has been marred by internal conflict for several years.

Thousands of people have been killed in the ongoing conflict.