When SA deploys its full contingent of soldiers as part of a Southern African regional force (SamiDRC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) it does so with its military equipment at its lowest ebb yet in one of the most volatile warzones of Africa.

Apart from having almost no serviceable helicopters and transport aircraft available to provide air cover and evacuation support, it will have to depend on the DRC’s own limited air support when it takes on rebel groups armed to the teeth in the east of the country...

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