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Jacob Zuma to send over 1,000 soldiers to DRC

The President will be sending the SANDF troops to be part of the UN Stabilisation Unit in the DRC.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has extended the deployment of South African National Defence Force troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for another year.

Zuma's written to Thandi Modise, the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, informing her of his decision.

The 1,388 soldiers are part of the United Nations Stabilisation Unit in the DRC.

The soldiers have been in that country since 2014.

Last month the President terminated the employment of members of the SANDF in Darfur, Sudan.

A very brief official statement did not offer reasons for the move, which is believed to be mainly budgetary.

Members of the SANDF have been deployed in Darfur since 2008 as part of the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur called UNAMID.