SANDF CAR memorial to be held tomorrow

The SANDF said the ceremony will be held at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria.

Chief of the South African Defense Force General Solly Shoke. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said a ceremony to receive the remains of the 13 soldiers killed in the Central African Republic (CAR) will be held in Pretoria on Thursday.

The troops died during clashes with rebels at the weekend.

Almost 30 South African soldiers were wounded.

The fate of those left in the CAR remained unclear as the SANDF awaits political orders.

The ceremony will be held at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Centurion, Pretoria.

A memorial service for the fallen soldiers is expected to take place early next week.

Eighteen-year-old Anita Ngaleka said her cousin, Vusumzi, was one of the soldiers who died.

"We couldn't contact him. He wasn't picking up his phone until a man came to us to tell us what happened."

She said her cousin had big dreams and the family remains shocked.

SANDF denied reports that South African soldiers were betrayed and attacked by forces they were meant to train.

It also said no soldiers were being kept as prisoners of war.