The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has been tasked to deploy about 2,900 troops to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to “assist in the fight against illegal armed groups in the eastern DRC”.

This contingent will form a part of a Southern African Development Community (Sadc) force that was planned as 5,000 troops with air support but now appears likely to be smaller, with minimal air support. That does not bode well...

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