Minister to address CAR redeployment

The Defence Minister will on Tuesday address MP's on a possible redeployment of SA troops to CAR.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Maphisa Nqakula, is expected to address Parliament on Tuesday where it she will hopefully give a more comprehensive and detailed explanation on military deployment in CAR.

A total of 13 SA soldiers were killed in CAR last month in a gun battle with rebels who eventually toppled President Francois Bozize.

President Jacob Zuma is now considering a request to redeploy more troops there.

The motive for the mission has been fiercely questioned by opposition, but Zuma and his government are adamant it had nothing to do with business deals.

A parliamentary hearing into the deployment has already been held but it was heavily criticised as an attempt to hide the truth.

Opposition Members of Parliament (MP) will again grill Defence Ministry officials including Mapisa-Nqakula.

The Democratic Alliance has been at the forefront in questioning the motives and rationale behind the deployment.

The DA's Lindiwe Mazibuko said, "We are going to move a draft resolution and enable the house to vote and decide whether Parliament will investigate this matter, instead of having a debacle of a meeting."

The DA also labelled the Minsiter's previous Parliamentary briefing on the CAR mission as a disgrace.

Opposition MPs said there were still too many unanswered questions around SA soldiers having been deployed there.

The Minister did concede at the previous briefing that soldiers were unprepared and caught of guard by CAR rebels.