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SA troops 'over-stretched'

Mapisa-Nqakula says the SANDF ‘doesn’t have the capacity’ to keep deploying troops to African countries.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG -Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says while South Africa remains committed to resolving disputes in other African countries, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is becoming over-stretched and doesn't have the capacity to continue deploying troops.

The minister has weighed in on the ethnic violence that's erupted in South Sudan, saying the defence force is already stationed in the country on a peacekeeping mission, but won't be sending more troops to help the government.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir's army has been locked in a deadly battle with rebels over the past two weeks, which has left more than 1,000 people dead.

Mapisa-Nqakula says South Africa may consider deploying some resources but its unlikely more troops will be flown to South Sudan.

"We must be very careful as we commit ourselves as a country. We cannot over-stretch our human resources in such a way that here at home, there's no one left."