SANDF not afraid of M23 rebel threat

SANDF says it will not be intimidated by threats via Twitter by M23 rebels in the DRC.

M23 rebel soldiers. Picture: AFP/ISAAC KASAMANI

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said on Wednesday it will not be intimidated by online threats from the alleged Twitter account of the M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The rebel group has apparently called on South Africa not to send troops to the DRC, calling South Africa's soldiers weak and saying they feared nothing from the country's forces.

But the SANDF's Xolani Mabanga said they will not be intimidated by indirect threats on social networks.

"The SANDF and its members are not going to be scared by anything. We vowed and took oaths to serve the country even if there's a need for us to die. Whatever task the government gives us will be taken with high morale and high spirits."

The SANDF confirmed recently they would contribute thousands of troops to the United Nations intervention force into the Eastern DRC.