1 SANDF Soldier Commits Suicide, Another Dies in DRC, SA Saddened

1 SANDF Soldier Commits Suicide, Another Dies in DRC, SA Saddened

  • Two members of the South African National Defence Force lost their lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • One of the members allegedly shot and killed the other and then turned the gun on themselves, committing suicide
  • South Africans were in an uproar and demanded that the soldiers be brought back home, sending condolences to the two of them

Tebogo Mokwena, a dedicated Briefly News current affairs journalist, contributed coverage of international and local social issues like health, corruption, education and heritage in South Africa during his seven years at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News. Do you have a hard news story you would like to share? Email tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za with CA in the subject line.

Two SAND members died after one shot the other and committed suicide
Mzansi mourned the loss of two soldiers in the DRC who died after one killed the other and himself. Images: MARCO LONGARI/AFP via Getty Images and Maskot
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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO– Two members of the South African National Defence Force died in a murder-suicide case in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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The incident left many in the country reeling, calling for the soldiers to return home after they were deployed to fight M23 rebels in the DRC.

2 SANDF members die in murder-suicide

According to eNCA, one of the members killed the other member by shooting them, and after shooting them, the member allegedly committed suicide. The incident happened amid the deployment by President Cyril Ramaphosa, which many political parties vehemently opposed, including EFF president Julius Malema.

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South Africans call for them to return

Netizens on Facebook wanted the soldiers to be sent back home.

Velocity Meme said:

"They must come back home. Ramaphosa won't listen to anyone."

Lesiba Thaba said:

"That's why the DA is fighting for the safety of the soldiers."

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Joe Masotja Chiloane remarked:

"Bring back our beloved brothers. The fight is not theirs. Let the rebels fight for their government."

Jack Mkhacani N'wankingiri wrote:

"Bring all our deployed soldiers back home. This is embarrassing now."

Sabelo Simelane:

"In a war, there will be casualties on both ends."

4 SANDF members die after truck falls on top of them

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that four members of the SANDF died in the Northern Cape after a truck fell on top of them.

The accident occurred after the truck's front tyre being towed exploded, and this caused the two cars to roll and crash.

Two of them were critically injured, while those in the other vehicle were all declared dead.

Source: Briefly News

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