S Africa sacks UN Congo peacekeepers over curfew breach

Forty-seven South African troops serving with the UN mission in DR Congo dismissed for violating curfew.

    S Africa sacks UN Congo peacekeepers over curfew breach
    Forty-seven soldiers were fired for breaking curfew in eastern Congo where they were deployed [EPA]

    South Africa's military said it dismissed 47 peacekeepers serving in the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo for violating curfew.

    South African National Defence Force spokesman Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said the soldiers were fired for breaking a "curfew in the eastern Congo where they were based" in September.

    The soldiers' actions "compromised the security" of other South African troops deployed in the area, he said on Wednesday.

    "We don't know where they were, who they were with and what could have happened thereafter," he said.

    South African media speculated that the soldiers visited a pub frequented by sex workers in Goma, capital of Congo's North Kivu province, though the military said it had no evidence of where the soldiers went.

    The troops were part of a 1,388-strong South African contingent deployed to the country as part of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO) that has about 20,000 personnel overseeing the disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation, and reintegration programme for rebel groups.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Death from above: Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Death from above: Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Curate an art exhibition and survive Thailand's censorship crackdown in this interactive game.