Did CAR troops attack SA soldiers?

Reports suggest SA troops may have been attacked by CAR soldiers.

Chief of the South African Defence Force General Solly Shoke says withdrawing the troops from the Central African Republic is not an option. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

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