President Cyril Ramaphosa has unexpectedly extended the deployment of SA soldiers to Mozambique until December 31, while the Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique (Samim) has already wound down its operations.

Ramaphosa announced the deployment of its troops in conflict-hit Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week for an unspecified period of time, keeping 1,198 personnel of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in eastern DRC for stabilisation operations. The regional intervention force, SamiDRC, is aimed at fighting the rebels, while SA also contributes to the UN peacekeeping operation...

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