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R984m for troops for Mozambique, but ‘most are still in training ...


R984m for troops for Mozambique, but ‘most are still in training at home’

While many are still in the Northern Cape, Rwandan and Mozambican forces have recaptured a key town

Erika Gibson

Almost two months after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced SA would contribute 1,495 soldiers to assist in stabilising Mozambique’s north against an extremist threat, SA’s main force has still not set foot in Cabo Delgado.

Ramaphosa informed parliament in July that the deployment would take effect on July 15 for an initial three-month period, at a cost of R984m.

However, so far only about 200 SA National Defence Force (SANDF) troops, mainly headquarters’ staff and an element from its Special Forces and Navy, are in Mozambique. The main battle force, with a contingent from the Lesotho Defence Force, is still preparing at the SANDF’s Combat Training Centre at Lohatlha in the Northern Cape...

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