#SABC: “SABC News – CAR to erect monument in honour of slain SA soldiers:Thursday 6 April 2017”


President Jacob Zuma and CAR President Faustine Touadera met in Pretoria on Wednesday.(SABC)

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday says he’s “very happy” as a result of the Central African Republic (CAR) can be erecting a monument in honour of 13 members of the South African Nationwide Defence Drive (SANDF) who had been killed outdoors the capital, Bangui, by insurgent fighters in 2013.

“President Faustin-Archange Touadéra has informed us that they will be building a memorial to the place where our soldiers were fighting, and some of them were killed there,” Zuma stated whereas addressing a joint media briefing alongside Touadéra in Pretoria.

“We are very happy because that’s the very good, symbolic relationship that is between the two countries. Also it is to acknowledge that some of our soldiers fell there. So we are very happy.”

Addressing media by a translator, Touadéra paid tribute to the Pretoria authorities, and the individuals of South Africa, for assist throughout the interval of turmoil round 2013.

“I will take this opportunity to thank President Zuma, the government of South Africa and the South African people who have supported us during the crisis that we experienced in our country. During that crisis there are some South African soldiers that shed their blood in our country,” says Touadéra.

“In this regard, we are going to build a memorial to honour the fallen soldiers. This gesture will help us in strengthening peace and solidarity between the two countries.”

South African troopers had been withdrawn from Bangui in April 2013 after 13 SA Nationwide Defence Drive members had been killed in a fierce battle with the Seleka rebels.

Twenty-seven had been wounded within the battle.

Pretoria deployed 200 troopers to CAR in January 2013 to assist the poorly educated, ill-equipped authorities troops following an offensive that had been launched by the Seleka rebels in December 2012.

The SANDF had been despatched to CAR underneath an settlement between South Africa after which CAR President Francois Bozize.

A nation of greater than 4 million, the CAR is wealthy in diamonds, gold, uranium and oil. Regardless of these assets, it stays one of many world’s poorest nations with political instability and battle worsening the scenario.

Touadéra, a former prime minister throughout Bozize’s management, rose to the presidency in early 2016.

Touadéra had give up earlier than Bozize was overthrown by the Seleka rebels.

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