Dirco backs deployment of SA soldiers to Burundi

SANDF troops would form part of the Amani deployment by the African Union.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) says South Africa supports the African Union's (AU) call, for the urgent deployment of the Amani Military Standby Force to Burundi, as well as immediate political talks to resolve the ongoing conflict.

At least 87 people have been killed, allegedly by Burundian soldiers, following an attack on an army base by militia earlier this month.

Ethnic violence has surged in that country over President Pierre Nkurunziza's determination to serve a third term.

Dirco's spokesperson Clayson Monyela says South African National Defence Force troops would form part of the Amani deployment by the AU.

"The decision by the AU Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) is a decision that we participated in for the call by the AUPSC, for deployment, is our call. The expectation is that the leading countries on the continent, that always contribute, will come to the fore."