SA rotates its force in Sudan

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South Africa has started the latest six-monthly rotation of its contingent assigned to the hybrid United Nations African Union mission in Sudan’s Darfur. Deputy defence minister Thabang Makwetla this morning took the salute at a farewell parade for the troops. The current SA UNAMID contingent, deployed as part of Operation Cordite number 794.

“The SANDF is in Sudan to exercise its regional and continental responsibilities to promote peace, security and stability,” Department of Defence head of communication Siphiwe Dlamini said. South Africa first deployed soldiers to Sudan in July 2004. The police have a further 165 officers deployed there.

Pic: SA peacekeepers in Darfur during an earlier rotation