‘SA must take responsibility for soldiers accused of misconduct’

A group of SA peacekeepers are expected to appear in a Kinshasa court on allegations of impropriety.

FILE. Last year 99 cases of misconduct were lodged against United Nations peacekeepers. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says South Africa has a responsibility to take necessary disciplinary action against any deployed members found to be linked to acts of misconduct while on a mission.

A group of South African peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are expected to appear in court on allegations of impropriety.

The Defence Force says that at this stage - it can't reveal the nature of the offences its members are accused of.

Last year 99 cases of misconduct were lodged against United Nations peacekeepers.

SANDF spokesperson Xolani Mabanga says the accused soldiers will have to appear in court in the capital of Kinshasa.

"We are aware that is it is the responsibility and duty of the country that we send troops to the United Nations mission."