Did CAR troops attack SA soldiers?
Reports suggest SA troops may have been attacked by CAR soldiers.
JOHANNESBURG - Efforts to replace battle worn soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) appear to be under way, as reports emerge that the country's own troops may have been first to attack South Africa's forces.
Reports suggest that the very soldiers who were being trained by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) troops attacked them before the rebels did.
There also appears to be moves to send transport planes and helicopters to a neighbouring country, while local soldiers have been put on standby.
The SANDF has not confirmed any of these reports, but says the soldiers who are still in the CAR are not in any immediate danger.
Thirteen South African soldiers were killed in battle at the weekend while almost 30 others were wounded, in what the SANDF says was a clash with over 3,000 rebels.
SANDF STILL STAYING PUT
The SANDF says it is still waiting for political orders to decide whether reinforcements will be sent or whether a withdrawal will be initiated.
Experts have said that withdrawing the troops would be a negative move as it would send the wrong message to rebels across the continent.
There has also been confirmation that Simon Feletswane, the soldier who was missing in the CAR, was found alive.
Feletswane's brother has described to Eyewitness **** News the joy of finding out he is alive and well.
For more than two days after a battle which claimed the lives of 13 troops, the family feared that he was dead, as they could not reach him.
Obakeng Letwane says poor cellphone reception was to blame.
“They’re quite relieved, immediately after calling me he called his wife as well and he’s fine.”
The ones who died:
Corporal Mokgadi Darius Seakamela
Corporal Ntebaleng Andrew Mogorosi
Lance Corporal Daniel Sello Molara
Lance-Corporal Lukas Mohapi Tsheke
Rifleman Lesego Maxwell Lebatlang
Rifleman Zamani Jim Mxhosana
Rifleman Xolani Dlamini
Rifleman Vusumzi Joseph Ngaleka
Rifleman Karabo Edwin Matsheka
Rifleman Khomotso Paul Msenga
Rifleman Maleisane Samuel Thulo
Rifleman Motsamai William Bojane
Rifleman Thabiso Anthon Phirimana