South African military assistance to the Central African Republic

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The South African Government has assisted the government of François Bozizé in the Central African Republic militarily.[1] After 13 paratroopers were killed in the March 2013 battle for Bangui, the Zuma government came under heavy criticism and questioning for this support.[2][3][4]

Operation Morero[edit]

A South African National Defence Force Special Forces unit has provided personal protection for Bozizé since 2007.[1]

Operation Vimbezela[edit]

In 2007 Bozizé requested assistance from South Africa for training the FACA and refurbishment of military facilities. The two nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 11 February 2007. In March the SANDF training and engineering personnel under the command of Col George Sibanyon.[clarification needed] By September 2009, 123 FACA members had received leadership training, including 23 who attended courses in RSA.[5]

Anti-Séléka deployment[edit]

In January 2013 the SANDF deployed an additional 200 troops to the CAR, without either air or armour support. Thirteen soldiers from the 1 Parachute Battalion were killed. [4]

David Maynier, Pieter Groenewald and Pikkie Greeff[clarification needed] are seeking an official parliamentary inquest into the SANDF's role in Bangui.[4]

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