'Chadian forces helped kill SA troops'

Deposed CAR leader Francois Bozize says Chadian Forces were among those who killed SA troops.

Central African Republic President Francois Bozize arrives before the round table of the partners of the Central African Republic held in Brussels on June 17, 2011. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG/PRETORIA - Deposed Central African Republic (CAR) Leader Francois Bozize said on Tuesday Chadian Special Forces were among the rebels that ambushed and killed South African Parabats in Bangui last month.

According to the BBC, Bozize has turned on his former backers.

President Jacob Zuma arrived in Chad on Tuesday for a special regional summit to discuss the future of the CAR, which is now under rebel control.

The President said the outcome of this meeting will determine the next step.

"We have to take out a decision on the basis of the discussion and consultations with region as well as with the African Union."

Bozize was furious he was not invited to the Nd'jamena Summit.

But the man who ousted him, Michel Djotodia, will be attending the summit.

Being abandoned by his former backers, Idris Deby of Chad and Denis Sasungesu of Congo Brazzaville spelled the end for Bozize, who is now seeking asylum in Benin.

Zuma saw both Deby and Sasungesu in South Africa last week after the BRICS Summit.

There's been no official account of that meeting, but sources say Central African developments and the death of the South African troops on Bangui loomed large.

As the South African government tries to silence the debate about the CAR deployment, there's still no official word on how many soldiers remain in that country.

A total of 13 soldiers deployed to CAR were killed in a battle with Seleka rebels over a week ago while almost 30 others were injured.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would not comment on reports that almost all of the troops have since been withdrawn.

Zuma spoke at a memorial service for the soldiers in Pretoria on Tuesday and claimed the problem with South Africans is that too many people are trying to run the country.

Zuma said there's a deliberate effort to distort the purpose of the deployment while questions about military strategy pose a risk to national security.

Law experts and unions said these comments show a lack of accountability since an informed public lies at the heart of any democracy.

_*NOTE: To view Zuma's speech at the memorial, click here_