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Johannesburg - No South African soldiers have been killed or seriously injured in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) said on Wednesday.
Reports that SANDF troops were injured or killed should be dismissed as propaganda, Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said in a statement.
“This is just mere propaganda and psychological warfare from the rebel forces who want to portray their so called success against the DRC government troops.”
Mabanga said there were clashes between the M23 rebels and the armed forces of the DRC on Saturday.
“During these clashes it happened that a mortar bomb fell close to the base where the SANDF members and Tanzanian People's Defence Force (TPDF) members, part of the United Nations Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), is located.
“The FIB members suffered minor injuries from shrapnel or splinters from the bombs causing, minor injuries to one SANDF member and two TPDF members,” he said.
Mabanga said the SANDF intended holding a media briefing to update the public about its participation in the FIB.
Last week, President Jacob Zuma informed Parliament that 1345 soldiers had been deployed to the DRC.
The deployment was from June 13, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
On Friday, SANDF spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini said the intervention brigade comprised soldiers from South Africa, Tanzania, and Malawi, and was mandated to engage “armed groups”.
“They will not wait and watch while civilians are being attacked by armed groups,” Dlamini said at the time.
“They will intervene to engage, neutralise, and disarm.”