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Modise receives remains of latest soldier killed in the DRC

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise on Monday officially received the mortal remains of a specialist military medic who lost his life during...

MONUSCO mounts successful op against Codeco militia checkpoints

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Intelligence, boosted by surveillance and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), saw MONUSCO peacekeepers identify and destroy at least eight Codeco militia checkpoints in the...

Drones, heavy weapons dominate DRC’s fight with M23

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A steady stream of wounded civilians walk or are carried past the tents that surround Ndosho hospital in Goma, the provincial capital of North...

SANDF’s DRC deployment an unfair imposition on the military – expert

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The deaths of four South African soldiers at the hands of M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this year have raised...

M23 rebels claim to have damaged another SANDF vehicle in the...

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Shortly after killing one South African soldier and injuring over a dozen on Thursday, M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) claim...

SANDF casualties in latest battle against M23 rebels in the DRC

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers serving with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (SAMIDRC) have...

Fallen SA airman to be honoured posthumously with UN medal

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A South African airman is among the more than 60 peacekeepers to be posthumously honoured with the Dag Hammarskjöld medal at United Nations (UN)...

African military spending up 22% in 2023 with DRC leading the...

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African military spending rose by 22% between 2022 and 2023, according to a new report, with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeing the...

Understanding the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s push for MONUSCO’s departure

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Many Congolese dread the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers, believing government forces are unable to provide security in the eastern DRC. Within weeks of the handover...

SAMIDRC Force Commander calls on deployed troops

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The South African two-star general commanding the Southern African Development Community (SADC) force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) uses operational visits to...

Bold African Union role needed to stabilise east DRC

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The African Union lacks a coherent strategy that can reduce tensions between countries and improve security coordination. Security in the eastern Democratic Republic of the...

Equipment worth $7 million plus donated to DR Congo

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The departure of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) engineer contingent from the UN’s MONUSCO mission has benefitted President Felix Tshisekedi’s Democratic Republic of Congo...

SAMIDRC to launch ops in the wake of IDP camp attack

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Last week’s attack on an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will not go unanswered by the...

MONUSCO ends South Kivu operations

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United Nations peacekeepers have ceased operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) restive South Kivu province after more than 20 years. “MONUSCO,” a mission...

Pakistan exiting MONUSCO as fighting continues in the DRC

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Twenty years on, with over a hundred thousand Pakistan military personnel having served with the United Nations (UN) mission in the Democratic Republic of...

World military spending rises for the ninth year

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World military expenditure is up for the ninth consecutive year to an all-time high of $2 443 billion as war, rising tensions and insecurity...

Cash-strapped SANDF should withdraw from international missions and focus on domestic...

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Without sufficient funding, South Africa should withdraw its soldiers from foreign deployments and focus on protecting its own air, land and maritime borders. This is...

African conflicts under the AU/UN microscope

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Eight countries and two African regions were under scrutiny when the United Nations (UN)/African Union (AU) Joint Task Force (JTF) on peace and security...

MONUSCO exits second eastern DRC base

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Twenty years after first being a mobile operating base (MOB) and subsequently a permanent MONUSCO operating base, Bunyakiri in South Kivu has been handed...

Ramaphosa extends SANDF deployments

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President and Commander-in-Chief Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised extensions of the employment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in the Democratic Republic of...

DR Congo remains volatile – UN

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With the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) mission now in its fourth month of deployment, the United Nations (UN)...

Chinese sappers exit DR Congo after 20 years

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Over twenty years of service in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) providing essential engineering support to the United Nations (UN) mission MONUSCO has...

Rwanda genocide: 30 years on, why Tutsis are at the centre...

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The Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994 has in complex ways fuelled violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over...

“No turning back” for SADC DRC mission – Heitman

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Respected South African defence analyst Helmoed Heitman maintains that early setbacks aside for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Democratic Republic of...

DRC-Rwanda crisis: what’s needed to prevent a regional war

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In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South African, Burundian and Tanzanian troops are fighting against the Rwandan army, which has deployed...

Three Tanzanian soldiers with SAMIDRC killed by rebel fire

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Two months after a couple of South African soldiers were killed serving with the Southern African Development Community Mission in the Democratic Republic of...

More money for goods and services than salaries in Op Thiba...

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South Africa’s much criticised deployment to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of a regional mission and force has at least one...

SAMIDRC rejects mis- and disinformation on eastern DR Congo mission

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (SAMIDRC) added its voice to those of South Africa’s Departments of...

Asset Forfeiture Unit secures R43 million preservation order against former DRC...

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The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has secured a R43 million preservation order emanating from a case of fraud and theft...

Eastern DRC home to humanitarian disaster

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The “volatile” eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where a Southern African regional mission and force has been deploying since December is the scene...

Opposition parties lambast SANDF deployment to the DRC

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South Africa’s political opposition has come out swinging against the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) deployment with the SADC Mission in the Democratic...

Reports of SANDF troops captured in the DRC dismissed as fake...

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The South African Departments of Defence and International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) have dismissed reports that several South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers...

CSIR develops firepower upgrade package for Mamba APCs

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a firepower enhancement package for the Mamba armoured personnel carrier (APC), which is being...

UN Security Council told of good and bad in DR Congo

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) heard this week of progress with formation of a new government in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

SADC updated on its DR Congo and Mozambique missions

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With one regional bloc peace mission winding up ahead of a July closure and another in the operationalisation process, a weekend Southern African Development...

SADC peace missions in the spotlight

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Come Saturday, the eyes and ears of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be focussed on and tuned in to the Zambian capital,...

Eight DR Congo peacekeepers wounded in weekend firefights

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The tinderbox that is the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where a Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission and force is deploying, was...

Continental body backs SADC mission in DR Congo, including ‘requisite support’

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The African Union (AU) by way of its Peace and Security Council (PSC) has endorsed a Southern African Development Community (SADC) decision to deploy...

DRC-Rwanda crisis: what’s needed to prevent a regional war

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In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South African, Burundian and Tanzanian troops are fighting against the Rwandan army, which has deployed...

Modise confident National Treasury will fund SAMIDRC deployment

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise has confirmed that the current budget does not provide funding for the South African National Defence Force...

Experts unpack the SANDF’s options in the DRC

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed up to 2 900 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers to the SADC Mission in the Democratic Republic...

Non-availability of aircraft delays SA SAMIDRC deployment

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South Africa’s commitment to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) did not have an auspicious...

US lambasts M23, Rwanda for destabilising DRC

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The United States has criticised the M23 rebels and their Rwandan backers for recent attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and...

Bodies of SANDF soldiers who died in the DRC return home

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will on Wednesday repatriate and officially hand over the mortal remains of Captain Simon Mkhulu Bobe and...

DRC protests: why Congolese anger against the west is justified and...

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Since early February, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, has been rocked by protests directed against western embassies. Protests took place in front...

US condemns DRC violence; urges Rwandan withdrawal

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The recent surge in violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has sparked international concern, with the United States issuing a strong...

‘Deeply irresponsible’ to send overstretched SANDF into SADC mission in the...

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is so underfunded and overstretched that it is deeply irresponsible to be sending soldiers into the Democratic...

SADC DR Congo mission will come up against high-tech weaponry

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will, reports have it, face an M23 rebel grouping with...

Two SANDF soldiers killed while deployed with SAMIDRC mission

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has suffered its first casualties as part of the Southern African Development Community Mission in the Democratic...

Specialist jungle warfare training concludes for SA soldiers

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A group of South African soldiers currently attached to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have another...