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Parliament to discuss CAR mission

The joint standing committee on defence is expected to meet and discuss South Africa’s involvement in CAR.

Parliament. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - A Member of Parliament (MP) on Wednesday said an urgent meeting of the joint standing committee on defence has been called.

The committee has summoned Defence Ministry officials to explain government's deployment of soldiers to the Central African Republic (CAR).

The meeting comes after 13 South African soldiers were killed there in clashes with rebels over a week ago.

The calling of the meeting is unusual as Parliament is in recess but committee member, David Maynier, said given recent events in the CAR it is urgent.

"The joint standing committee on defence, as far as I know, has not been convened on an urgent basis in the past."

South African National Defence Union's Pikkie Greef said he was doubtful anything of substance will emerge.

"I will not be surprised if the meeting leads to absolutely no conclusive answers."

He reiterated an independent commission of inquiry should be set up to get to the bottom of why South African soldiers were deployed to the CAR in the first place.

Meanwhile, the government has called on the international community to remain actively engaged in the promotion of peace, security, democracy and good governance in the CAR and the region.