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SA troops planning new CAR mission - report

Reuters is reporting that SANDF troops are being briefed in Uganda and are planning to return to CAR.

SANDF soldiers carry the bodies of their colleagues killed in the Central African Republic on 24 March 2013. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN

PRETORIA - South African soldiers are reportedly gathering in Uganda for a new mission to the Central African Republic (CAR) where 13 of their comrades were killed at the weekend.

It is understood the intention of the mission is for South African troops to reorganise themselves, redeploy to the CAR and to topple the rebels.

Reuters reports 200 troops assembled at the Entebbe air base near Kampala with plans to hit back against the rebels.

It is still unclear if the group includes some of the soldiers evacuated from the CAR last week.

Sources allegedly confirmed that the troops would remain in the country despite there being pressure on the South African government to explain why they were posted there to begin with.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) handed over the bodies of the 13 soldiers to their families today.

The formal ceremony was held at the Waterkloof Airforce Base, with the family on one side and the guard of honour on the other.

Thirteen coffins draped in South African flags were brought out from a hanger and placed into hearses.

The families were on one side of the hanger and the guard of honour on the other.

As the drums beat, soldiers carried the coffins step by step to the waiting hearses.

After loading them inside the cars, the soldiers marched back to the hanger.

Earlier the families had to identify the bodies of their loved.

They now have to decide whether they will hold a military or private funeral.