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South African president mourns soldiers killed in DR Congo

They were deployed to support the DRC government’s efforts to restore peace and security in the eastern part of the country.

• June 27, 2024
South African soldiers
South African soldiers[Credit: PM News Nigeria]

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday expressed his profound sadness over the deaths of two soldiers and injuries to 20 others in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The casualties of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members were inflicted by a mortar attack on one of their bases in Sake, in the eastern DRC, on Tuesday.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Mr Ramaphosa offered his “deep condolences” to the families of the fallen troops, their commanders, and their colleagues.

“The president’s thoughts are also with the SANDF members who are recovering from their injuries,” the statement said.

Mr Ramaphosa assured the bereaved families and the injured troops that the SANDF would take the utmost care to provide the necessary logistical and psychosocial support to all those affected.

“As we mourn the deaths and casualties inflicted on our soldiers, we value and are humbled by the sacrifices they have made for the cause of peace and stability in our region, and they shall not be forgotten,” he said.

According to the statement, the South African soldiers were part of the Southern African Development Community Mission in the DRC, deployed in December 2023.

They were deployed to support the DRC government’s efforts to restore peace and security in the eastern part of the country.


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