All troops back from CAR - SANDF

The South African National Defence Force confirmed that all troops have been removed from the CAR.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on Tuesday confirmed that all soldiers have been removed from the Central African Republic (CAR).

Thirteen soldiers were gunned down and almost 30 others wounded during a battle with rebels in the CAR in March.

President Jacob Zuma continued to come under pressure to reveal the motive for the mission.

According to a report published in the Mail & Guardian, troops were deployed to the CAR to protect the business interests of politically connected individuals.

Both Zuma and the ANC denied the claims.

On Tuesday, the SANDF confirmed all soldiers who survived the battle returned home and were receiving all the support they needed.

Last week Friday, the South African National Defence Union (SANDU) said its information suggested the troops arrived home that morning.

The SANDF refused to confirm the claim.

It also rubbished several reports that more than 30 soldiers were killed in battles.

Funerals were held this past weekend for the 13 soldiers killed by rebels during the coup.

At a memorial service in Pretoria last week, Zuma praised the soldiers as heroes, claiming that too many South Africans were trying to run the country and military.

Hundreds of SANDF soldiers are now due to be sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where rebels reportedly threatened to fight back if attacked.