SANDF spokesman Brigadier-General Xolani Mabanga last night confirmed the defence force was awaiting instructions from the government on the deployment of additional forces to the DRC.
Mabanga said when the situation in the eastern DRC had deteriorated earlier this year, several SADC meetings were held and it was decided that an intervention force was needed.
Military analyst Helmoed Heitman said last night the principle of sending additional forces to the DRC made sense.
”The forces currently there are too weak. But what is concerning is where the air support, air reconnaissance and attack aircraft will come from. We can do this for the short term, but not for the long term. We do not have the necessary logistical airlift capabilities . We simply have no grasp of strategy in this country. We desperately need to come to grips with what we are trying to do and why,” he said.
SANDU general secretary Pikkie Greeff said, in principle, the union had no problem with the troops going to the DRC as long as there was a proper mandate and they had the necessary logistical support.
The concern was where the troops would come from, he said.
“The M23 are hardened soldiers used to extreme and bloody fighting. Our concern is that a number of our battalions are not at full strength, which will make this mission very difficult and potentially deadly.” Read More at Times live