CAR soldiers will not go to DRC

Troops will be deployed to the DRC to address threats to peace in that country.

Troops will be deployed to the DRC to address threats to peace in that country.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said on Sunday that troops pulled from the Central African Republic (CAR) will not form part of the troops that will be deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on a United Nations (UN) peace keeping mission.

The SANDF has declined to give details about the number of soldiers it is deploying to join others, already in the DRC, as part of the UN Security Council mission.

The council this week authorised the deployment of more troops to the DRC to address threats to peace in that country.

"They are not part of the team that is going to DRC," said the SANDF's Xolani Mabanga.

"They are the South African National Defence Force members who were deployed in Central African Republic and are returning back to South Africa as per instruction and guideline."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for President Jacob Zuma to inform parliament about the deployment of troops to the DRC.

The party's David Maynier said the mission in the troubled country is hardly a peacekeeping mission.

"If it's true that the SANDF are being deployed as part of the UN's new specialised intervention brigade in the DRC, then we have to understand that this is not a peacekeeping mission, it is a peace enforcement mission."