Many questions as SA’s DRC deployment ends
Pulling the units out will probably result in a rapid decline in the security situation, a defence expert warns
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is to be wound down, raising questions about what the future holds for SANDF units that have been deployed in the country’s restive eastern provinces.
Leila Zerrougui, special representative of UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres, said at a September briefing in Kinshasa that the Monusco peacekeeping mission in the DRC was in the process of “demilitarising and closing offices, in view of its withdrawal from the country”.
The mission, which has been running since 2010, took over from a previous peacekeeping effort following the end of the Second Congo War in 1999...