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Soldiers' families bid a final farewell

12 of the 13 fallen soldiers were laid to rest on Saturday.

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

KHAYELITSHA - The widow of a slain South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldier said on Saturday she spoke to her husband a few hours before he was killed.

Paratrooper, Vusumzi Ngaleka, is one of 13 soldiers who was killed in the Central African Republic (CAR) while under attack by rebels last month.

12 of the soldiers were laid to rest on Saturday. The last soldier will be buried to rest on Sunday.

Attempting to hold back the tears Connie Ngaleka told Eyewitness News she can only trust God that the pain of losing a husband will eventually subside.

The couple was married for almost two years.

The widow said she had her last telephonic conversation with her husband on the same day as the attack in which he was killed.

She recalls how they chatted about their love for each other and their families.

"He said everything he's doing, he's doing for the family and he loves us."

The Deputy International Relations Marius Fransman, who attended the funeral would not reveal when the remaining troops will be coming home.

Meanwhile, the family of slain SANDF soldier, Xolani Dlamini, said it was part of God's plan that he died performing his duty.

Friends, family and colleagues gathered at the West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg earlier this afternoon for Dlamini's funeral.

Dlamini's uncle, Elias, described him as a passionate soldier who cared for everyone.

"Our neighbour came and said she will miss Xolani.

"He would tell her - you mustn't sleep for too long, you must wake up, go and sit at the gate and see people - see children as they go to school and try to exercise your legs."