Sandf: UN must withdraw soldiers who missed curfew

The troops are believed to have broken a nighttime curfew to return to base.

FILE: The soldiers are operating under the authority of the force intervention brigade of the United Nations in the DRC fighting local and regional rebels destabilising that area. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (Sandf) says it has asked the United Nations to withdraw 50 of its troops from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after they missed a curfew.

The troops are believed to have broken a nighttime curfew to return to base and the Sandf says it intends to court marshall the soldiers.

The soldiers are operating under the authority of the force intervention brigade of the United Nations in the DRC fighting local and regional rebels destabilising that area.

Sandf spokesperson Xolani Mabanga says the troops put the lives of their colleagues in danger

"It happened that at the time of the curfew they were not in the base. This is a violation of the curfew which is also a security breach as you're putting the lives of those who are in the base in danger because it's not known where you are, with whom and what you are doing."