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.