Condolences to Families of 13 SA Soldiers
Killed in Central African Republic

25 March 2013     


The IFP would like to send its sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the families and immediate colleagues of the 13 soldiers that were killed in Central African Republic on Sunday, 24 March 2013 by rebels. The SANDF was in the CAR assisting efforts to avert a coup. It is deeply distressing to see our soldiers dying in foreign countries, especially when they are there as peacekeepers.


The IFP urges SANDF, the Department of Defence and Military Veterans and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to make sure that the conditions under which our soldiers operate as peacekeepers in foreign missions are safe in order to prevent this type of tragedy from happening. We hope those who are injured will recover soon.


To the families who lost their loved ones, may the good Lord comfort them in this time of bereavement. May the souls of the deceased rest in peace; they will be forever remembered as heroes and heroines who laid down their lives not only to defend the lives of others but to create conditions conducive for the advancement of democratic principles in the Central African Republic in particular and the African continent in general.


Issued by: IFP Spokesperson on Defence, Mr. Albert Mncwango MP, 083 4484896 


IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252