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Our troops killed hundreds in CAR - SANDF

Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga
09 April 2013

Defence force further says it can account for each and every person that was deployed in the CAR

SUBJECT: THE SANDF APPRECIATES AND THANKS ALL THE SOUTH AFRICANS FOR THEIR PROFOUND SUPPORT DURING THE MOURNING OF THIRTEEN SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE MEMBERS

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would like to confirm that all thirteen (13) of its members who fell in combat in Central African Republic have been laid to rest.

The SANDF conveys its sincere gratitude for the support it received from the members of the public and local government authorities in different areas where the funerals took place.

On the same note, the SANDF would like to inform the public that the nine (9) SANDF members who are still in hospital are recovering well and are given all the medical support that they require.

All the SANDF personnel who were still in the CAR have been withdrawn and are back home safe and are receiving all the professional support they require.

Regarding the allegations by foreign reporters about the number of casualties suffered by the SANDF, the SANDF would like to assure all South Africans that there are no bodies or personnel of the SANDF that cannot be declared. The SANDF can account for each and every person that was deployed in the CAR.

The SANDF Military Command wants to commend all the SANDF personnel who were deployed in CAR for their brave and courageous actions when they were confronted by thousands of opposing (enemy) forces. Despite being outnumbered these SANDF members managed to stand their ground, inflicted many casualties on the opposing forces until the attackers surrendered and initiated cease fire which led to a truce.

Though the SANDF does not pride itself on the numbers of opposing forces it has killed but prides itself on the respect it commands from its opposing forces. The SANDF would like to indicate that according to reports from various sources between six hundred (600) and one thousand (1000) casualties (dead) were suffered by the opposing forces. The SANDF leaves it to the opposing forces to count their own casualties and believes that the opposing forces will be bold enough to admit that hundreds if not more than a thousand of its forces perished or diminished in front of the brave SANDF members.

It is unfortunate that there was no balance in the reports about the casualties during the engagement between the CAR rebels and the SANDF members. Very little is reported or receive attention when it comes to the CAR rebels. This is either by design or default, but the SANDF takes note of that reporting and will never be shaken by false reports.

The incident of CAR will not, in anyway, deter or demoralise members of the SANDF, instead it serves as a source of inspiration to soldier on. The SANDF wants to assure all South Africans that it is always ready to execute any task that it may be assigned to. The SANDF remains the pride of the nations.

Statement issued by Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga Defence Corporate Communication, Pretoria, April 9 2013

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hints of comical Ali
Bravado, bombast, and hubris are not normally elements which any good military organisation uses in its communications. Yes, I know that North Korea does but surely that proves my point?
This Brigadier general Mabanga sounds more like a street pimp on . .more

by Pangolin on April 09 2013, 17:47
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so should we be happy that the rebels were as many as 100 killed to just the these whole situations
Total mess can't be condoned

by nkandla village on April 09 2013, 18:51
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Child butchers
Who knows... Perhaps one day some of our AA clown "generals" could be sent and convicted of crimes against the humanity that were committed in far away lands for local big man politicos' gain...

by Injala Apera on April 10 2013, 07:48
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You are Brain Dead!
and what business do you have killing citizens of another country?
criminals always seem to help criminals - dont they?

by martin on April 10 2013, 08:19
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SANDF assets
did we manage to recover all our assets?
after all it cost us many lives?

by Thabo616 on April 10 2013, 08:48
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Where's the truth
It was the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus who said, "In war, the first casualty is truth". How very apt in relation to the many wild statements and exaggerations about what happened in the CAR.

by William on April 10 2013, 08:49
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You are Brain Dead!
I couldn't have said better myself

For a normal person with brains, you cannot go to a foreign country and kill its citizen, and then brag abotu it.

You should be ashamed of yourself! ! !

by Nomacorruption on April 10 2013, 09:35
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Brain dead bloggers are par for the course - unpatriotic Eurozombies mostly
The SANDF is trying to dispel the myth that one; more than 13 of its soldiers were killed as per the usual fabrication we've come to expect from our media, and two; to confirm that more than a thousand enemy soldiers were killed when SANDF was . .more

by Veja on April 10 2013, 11:35
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It is a mistake that SA killed amongst others children in the name of "African solidarity".
>>"..all thirteen (13) of its members who fell in combat in CAR have been laid to rest."

When will the SA Govt. admit that they were exposed for the wrong reasons?

>>"The SANDF wants to assure all South Africans that it is always ready . .more

by Barry Saayman on April 10 2013, 11:42
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Challenge and disobey orders!
@Barry Saayman

There is a name for what you are suggesting: Insubordination. In military matters discipline is based on obedience to orders. It is in fact a crime for a military member to willfully disobey a superior commissioned officer's . .more

by Veja on April 10 2013, 15:32
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@ Veja
Good God old fellow.
Take a Panado and if your brain is still not working tomorrow morning consult a sangoma.

by Pangolin on April 10 2013, 16:02
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@ Veja on April 10 2013, 11:35
>>"..the SANDF is "trying to confirm that more than a thousand enemy soldiers were killed when SANDF was legitimately defending themselves….."

You are also very critical of "Brain dead bloggers are par for the course - unpatriotic Eurozombies . .more

by Barry Saayman on April 10 2013, 16:17
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@ Veja on April 10 2013, 15:32
>>"It is in fact a crime for a military member to willfully disobey a superior commissioned officer's lawful orders."

There are finer nuances that you are missing.

I qualified my statement- The litmus test is the ability and resolve of . .more

by Barry Saayman on April 10 2013, 16:50
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A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in CAR
As we speak, debate and sometimes call for SANDF mutiny a humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Murder, mayhem and sexual violence are the order of the day. We cannot sit idly by and eschew our obligations to assist our brethrens.

Diabate a UNICEF . .more

by Veja on April 10 2013, 17:02
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@ Veja on April 10 2013, 17:02
>>"As we speak, debate ........ a humanitarian crisis is unfolding."

It is without any doubt the responsibility of the UN Security Council, African Union and Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and possibly France as former . .more

by Barry S on April 10 2013, 18:22
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@ Veja on April 10 2013, 17:02
>>"...and sometimes call for SANDF mutiny."

It is clear that you, probably due to a lack of knowledge, experience or otherwise, intentionally or unintentionally, misconstrues what I said about disobeying illegal/unconstitutional . .more

by Barry S on April 10 2013, 19:10
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@Barry S
You took the words right out of my mouth.

by Jeff on April 10 2013, 19:46
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Re: My deepest condolences goes to both CAR and SANDF soldiers families
A loss of life is something very regrettable and I would to send my deepest condolences to the families of everybody that died on the 28 March 2013.
While there are many conflicting reports on how many people were killed in both sides we need to ask . .more

by Ofentse Mokgatle on April 10 2013, 20:14
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@ Ofentse Mokgatle on April 10 2013, 20:14
>>"We can come up with different names to justify killing people, like rebels, terrorists or soldiers but at the end of the day, it's human killing humans........... The biggest question I ask myself is, was the cause great enough to justify loss of human . .more

by Barry Saayman on April 11 2013, 08:15
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