Troops back from CAR - Sandu

Sandu says it has received information that all SANDF troops from CAR are back in the country.

South African troops patrol on January 10, 2013 a position in Bangui at the Central African Republic (CAR). Picture: AF

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Union (Sandu) on Friday said it believed all South African troops were now out of the Central African Republic (CAR).

Thirteen South African soldiers were killed and 27 others were injured in a battle with rebels in March.

A memorial service was held for the fallen soldiers at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Sandu spokesperson Pikkie Greef said troops were back home.

"The best information we have at this stage is that the last members arrived this morning [Friday]."

The SANDF remained silent on the CAR withdrawal.

This as President Jacob Zuma continued to deny claims that he misled Parliament about the deployment to the volatile country.

On Thursday, a hearing was held in Parliament regarding the deployment.

Oppositional parties described the hearing as an attempt to "shut down debate" about what the soldiers were doing in the CAR in the first place.

The Presidency on Friday issued another statement which claimed that Zuma complied with the Constitutional requirements and that he never misled Parliament.

The SADNF said it could not reveal when the troops would return to South Africa, even though the mission was drawing to an end.

SANDF spokesperson Xolani Mabanga said the movement of personnel cannot be revealed to the public.

Once again, he dismissed reports that more than 13 soldiers were killed or that the troops ran out of ammunition.