2 South African National Defence Force Soldiers Killed, 20 Hurt in Congo Mortar Attack

2 South African National Defence Force Soldiers Killed, 20 Hurt in Congo Mortar Attack

  • Two members of the South African National Defence Force were killed, and 20 were injured in an attack.
  • The incident took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo when a mortar attack hit the SANDF base in Sake
  • South Africans were angry at their deployment, and some called for the soldiers to be recalled back to South Africa

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Two members of the SANDF were killed in a mortar attack in the DRC
Two soldiers died after a mortar attack hit the SANDF base in the DRC. Image: Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images
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JOHANNESBURG – The South African National Defense Force lost two members in a mortar attack which injured 20.

Mortar attack kills 2, injures 20

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TimesLIVE reported that a mortar attack hit the SANDF base in Sake in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The attack took place on 25 June, and two members died. The SANDF said that four have been critically injured and have been hospitalised, while those who were slightly injured are expected to be discharged.

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The SANDF is in Congo as part of a military effort by SADC countries to the conflict-torn eastern region of the DRC. Over 2000 soldiers were deployed to the area. Many in South Africa opposed the deployment.

Mzansi unhappy with soldiers' death

South Africans on Facebook were angry that the soldiers died in the DRC and demanded they return home.

Mufamadi Mushavhela Uatshila Wavhutali said:

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"The sad part is that our leaders in government have shares in mines in the DRC, and that's why they can't recall them back home."

Ramokone Boloko said:

"Bring SA soldiers back and let the DR Congo's soldiers protect their country."

Kagiso Pobe said:

"People were attacking Malema when he said our soldiers must be recalled from the DRC."

Motsamai RD Motsamai said:

"I hope once the GNU is functional it should come up with a plan to help train DRC soldiers to be able to defend their motherland."

SANDF member arrested for opening fire in tavern

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that a member of the SANDF was arrested for opening fire at a tavern.

He discharged his firearm after he got into a heated argument, and eight people were injured. He was arrested.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za