South African soldiers are engaged in combatting the rebellion led by M23 in Goma and surrounding areas. A number of SANDF soldiers died while supporting the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) soldiers in their fight against the rebels.
“Whoever fires at South African soldiers, [the soldiers] will engage because this is what they are trained to do as part of their survival. We are taking this intervention very seriously. If there are snipers on the ground, they are not ours, only the UN can confirm who they are,” said Mgwebi.
“They [UN] have requested a battalion from us and we have given them [the battalion]. We [also] have three Oryx helicopters already on the ground… We have said to them we are ready and this is what it is going to mean to you [financially] as the UN, the rates,” Mgwebi said.