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SA approves use of 1 495 military personnel to help Mozambique

In Isis fight.
Image: Waldo Swiegers, Bloomberg

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised the use of 1,495 members of the military to help neighbour Mozambique fight an Islamic State-linked insurgency, parliament said on Wednesday.

The use of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) comes after southern African regional bloc SADC last month approved the deployment of troops to Mozambique to combat a conflict which began in 2017 and has killed thousands.

Ramaphosa said the SANDF personnel would be used between July 15 and Oct. 15 at an expected cost of R984 million, a letter sent to the speaker of parliament showed.

In the letter. Ramaphosa referred specifically to authorising the employment of SANDF members and did not spell out how many of those would be soldiers deployed on Mozambican soil.

The conflict in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province has displaced hundreds of thousands and brought a natural gas project led by French energy company Total Energies to a grinding halt.

At the time SADC nations authorised the deployment of the bloc’s standby force, they did not say how many troops would be involved.

Ramaphosa’s letter said South Africa’s military would help Mozambique combat “acts of terrorism and violent extremists that affected the area of Cabo Delgado”.

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Hahahaaaa!!!

They will be of no help.

Rwanda is doing well.

Stay home and go sit under a tree somewhere.

TSK!!!! These people!!

Its Obvious the President does not see SA as a priority.

We still waiting for the 12 suspects.

Also still waiting for any arrests following the Zondo commission’s work, costing tax payers +R1.2Bn, it’s gone very quiet…

Does any one know if Zuma actually went back to jail after he attended the funeral …, also gone very quiet, just asking?

I didn’t see any SADC members running around helping our inadequately prepared Police and Defence Force members when we had our insurrection – seems like this assistance is a one way street

Hopefully those SANDF members will do some bush tracking and loose all that KFC excess weight now.

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