Missing SANDF soldier found alive

The South African National Defence Force said a soldier who went missing in CAR was in good spirits.

Rebels seized control of Bangui in the Central African Republic and the coup-prone country's president disappeared. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on Tuesday said there appears to be no immediate danger to soldiers stationed in the Central African Republic (CAR).

According to the force, the situation around the South African base camp is calm following weekend clashes with rebels.

At least 13 soldiers were wounded when Seleka rebels took control of the capital and forced the president to flee.

The force also confirmed that 27 soldiers were wounded in the confrontation.

SANDF officials on Tuesday confirmed that a missing soldier was found alive and was in good spirits.

Defence spokesperson Brigadier Xolani Mbanga said the area around South Africa's soldiers appeared to be calm for the moment.

"There are not threats towards the SANDF members."

He also said they were able to help the wounded.

Meanwhile Chatham House analyst Paul Melly said the soldiers should not leave just yet.

"It could be that the South African troops could have an important role to play in maintaining peace and order."

But he said they must reach an agreement with the rebels first.