Minister to explain CAR deployment

Minister Nosive Mapisa-Nqakula is expected to explain why SA troops were deployed to 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 - As the country spends this week waiting to find out whether South African soldiers will be redeployed to the Central African Republic (CAR) Defence Minister Nosive Mapisa-Nqakula is expected on Monday to tell parliament what they were doing in that country in the first place.

Mapisa-Nqakula spokesman Sonwabo Mbananga said the Minister would explain how South Africa got involved with the CAR.

"The Minister will be explaining what brought us to the CAR as far back as 2007 and the renewal of memorandum of understanding that was standing with the South African government as well as the government of the CAR."

Mbananga said the Minister is also expected to provide more insight into what happened when South African troops had to defend themselves in Bangui, resulting in 13 soldiers being killed by Seleka rebels and the government being overthrown.

"The Minister will be unpacking all of this."