SABC News - Missing soldier found in CAR:Tuesday 26 March 2013

Missing soldier found in CAR

Tuesday 26 March 2013 17:48

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The SANDF says the Defence Minister has sent his sincere condolences to the families of the soldiers killed in the C.A.R battle. (SABC)

The SA National Defence Force says the soldier, who was reported missing following the battle in the Central African Republic that claimed the lives of 13 South African troops, has been found alive.


The SANDF says in a statement that the soldier is in good spirits. The military says all of the soldiers killed in the nine-hour long battle against a force of thousands of rebels were from One Parachute Unit in Bloemfontein. 


The Defence Minister has sent his sincere condolences to the families of the soldiers killed in the C.A.R battle. 


The 13 soldiers who died are Corporals Mokgadi Seakamela and Ntebaleng Mogorosi, Lance Corporals Daniel Molara and Lukas Tsheke and Rifleman Lesego Hertzog, Zamani Mxhosana, Xolani Dlamini, Vusumzi Ngaleka, Karabo Matsheka, Khomotso Msenga, Maleisane Thulo, Motsamai Bojane and Thabiso Phirimana. 



Families have been informed

Meanwhile,  the SANDF is finalising arrangements to repatriate the bodies of 13 soldiers. SANDF spokesperson, Xolani Mabanga, says the families of the deceased have been informed. He says the bodies should be in the country before Thursday. 


Mabanga says: “We are anticipating that the bodies will arrive in the country either by end of business today or tomorrow depending on the finalisation of all necessary administration that needs to be done before and after repatriation of mortal remains of any persons. It is not easy to move and receive the mortal remains of any person from one country to another county.”

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