A South African soldier shot and wounded in Sudan’s troubled Darfur province is on his way to recovery and will soon be discharged from a United Nations (UN) hospital.
The soldier was on duty with his unit at a water point near the UN’s Kutum base when they were fired upon. He was hit and wounded while section leader Corporal Benjamin Titus, 34, was hit and killed instantly.
The soldier was rushed to the UN hospital at Al Fasher where he was admitted in a serious but stable condition.
Both soldiers were attached to 10 SA Infantry Battalion based at Mafikeng in the North West Province and deployed in Sudan as part of the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur
Titus` remains have been repatriated and he was laid to rest in Mafikeng on Saturday. He is survived by his wife Belinda Titus.
“The Chief of the SA National Defence Force General Godfrey Ngwenya ordered that a Board of Inquiry be convened to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident,” SANDF spokesman Brigadier General Kwena Mangope said at the time. The finding of the board is not yet known.