Zuma could send troops to CAR

13 South African troops were killed during a battle with rebel troops in CAR last month.

President Jacob Zuma will decide whether to send troops to CAR. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma will reportedly this week decide whether to send troops to the troubled Central African Republic (CAR).

The Sunday Times reported this weekend that if troops are sent, it would be as peacekeepers, forming part of a 2,000-strong central Africa multinational force.

Zuma is expected to consult with cabinet this week and the International Relations Department said the request by central African nations is being considered.

The president this week said he had received a passionate plea by African leaders to send soldiers from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) back to CAR.

13 South African troops were killed during a battle with rebel troops there last month but opposition parties want parliament to scrutinise any decision carefully.