The Wagner Group’s activities in Africa should not be underestimated by SA. Created during the Ukrainian conflict to give the Russian Federation plausible deniability, it supplies experienced military personnel at discount prices. Employees saw action in Syria and more recently south of Libya’s Tripoli, where they are supporting Gen Khalifa Haftar.  

They are present in northern Mozambique working with government forces to put down a jihadist insurrection and recently lost seven members in an ambush. The group has offices in 20 African countries including Eswatini, Lesotho and Botswana...

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