Zuma defends decision to deploy troops to CAR

South African president responds to criticism over troops killed in Central African Republic.

    South African President Jacob Zuma has defended his decision to send troops to Central African Republic, where a coup has taken place.

    Zuma was speaking at a memorial held for 13 South African soldiers killed there during fighting with rebels last month.

    The president has come under criticism for having authorised the deployment of troops to CAR, with allegations that the soldiers were there to prop up ousted president Francois Bozize - in return for lucrative mining deals with companies based in South Africa.

    Al Jazeera's Tania Page reports from the service at Pretoria's military base.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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