Two South African soldiers killed on DR Congo mission

CRIME NATIONAL NEWS

By Staffroom Reporter

POLOKWANE-The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has suffered its first casualties as part of the Southern African Development Community Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (SAMIDRC), with two soldiers killed and three injured in a mortar attack.

The SANDF today confirmed that on 14 February at about 13h30, a mortar bomb landed inside one of the South African Contingent military bases.

As a result of this indirect fire, the SANDF suffered two fatalities and three members sustained injuries. The injured were taken to the nearest Hospital in Goma for medical attention, Department of Defence Head of Communication Siphiwe Dlamini said in a statement.

He added that details of the incident are still sketchy at the moment, and further investigations will be conducted to “determine the basis of the incident.”

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thandi Modise, the Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thabang Makwetla, the Acting Secretary for Defence, Thobekile Gamede and the Chief of the SANDF, General Rudzani Maphwanya, expressed their condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers and wished the injured members a speedy recovery.

The South African contingent is part of the SAMIDRC that is deployed to support and assist the government of the DRC in its effort to bring peace, security and stability in that region. President Cyril Ramaphosa ordered 2 900 members of the SANDF to join SAMIDRC from 15 December 2023 to 15 December 2024, at a cost of R2 billion.

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