SA soldiers to remain in CAR

President Jacob Zuma says government has not taken any decision to withdraw the SANDF from CAR.

President Jacob Zuma says government has not taken any decision to withdraw the SANDF from CAR.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma on Monday said government has not taken any decision to withdraw South African peacekeepers from the Central African Republic (CAR) after a weekend of clashes with rebels.

Zuma confirmed 13 soldiers have been killed, one is still missing and a further 27 have been wounded.

Rebels attacked the South African base on the outskirts of the capital Bangui on Saturday.

Zuma said since the ceasefire a coalition government has been formed with the rebels.

"There has been no indication from the current authority to say we are cancelling the agreement with South Africa so there's been no reason for us to leave."

However, Zuma said the situation was being monitored.

"How do we reinforce, how do we ensure there are no further casualties. Once the dust settles, we might discuss whether they still need us there."

Zuma called on South Africans to be proud of their soldiers who fought hard against the rebels even though they were outnumbered.

Meanwhile, a rebel leader has announced himself as a new head of state after President François Bozizé fled to the DRC.