In late March, veteran defence correspondent Erika Gibson wrote about the parlous conditions facing South Africa’s soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Deployed to the war-torn east of the country as part of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) mission in the DRC (SAMIDRC), they’re there to neutralise the M23 rebel group. The group is a formidable force — and not just because it’s familiar with the terrain. The UN has documented how the Rwandan army supports the M23 with troops and military equipment, including surface-to-air missiles (Rwanda denies providing anything other than political support). More recently, a UN panel of experts also implicated Uganda in providing clandestine backing to the M23. So it’s no rag-tag group of rebels then...

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