One soldier wounded in Sudan ambush back in SA for treatment


One of the two 4 SA Infantry Battalion soldiers wounded during an ambush at Kutum in Sudan late last month has been moved to a SA Military Health Services (SAMHS) hospital for further care and treatment.

“He sustained severe injuries during the firefight and will receive the correct level of treatment in South Africa,” Captain (SAN) Jaco Theunissen of SANDF Joint Operations said adding it was in the patient’s interest that his location not be made public.

The other soldier wounded in the ambush which happened as the South African contingent was preparing to secure a waterhole in Northern Darfur is “steadily recovering in a level two hospital at El Fasher” he added.

The two soldiers who sustained minor injuries have fully recovered and are back with their unit colleagues in the South African lines. “They are fully operational,” he said adding a team of post traumatic specialists had been convened to assist all those involved in the ambush – psychologically, spiritually and mentally.

Final word on the ambush came from Lieutenant Colonel Andries Matlaila, Battalion Officer Commanding, who told the Middelburg, Mpumalanga, headquartered soldiers in Sudan as part of a hybrid AU/UN force to remain cautious and vigilant at all times, but especially when approaching or being approached by unidentified and/or suspicious groups.