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South Africa Extended Employment Of The SANDF To The Democratic Republic Of Congo

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: SAgov}

South Africa

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has extended the employment of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Southern African Development Community and Sudan, the Presidency said on Tuesday.

President Zuma has already informed Parliament of his decision.

“All the employments are authorised in accordance with the provisions of section 201(2)(c) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996,” said the Presidency.

The President has extended the employment of SANDF in the DRC to 31 March 2016.

About 1 388 members will participate in the United Nations Organisation Intervention Brigade as part of the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) of MONUSCO in the DRC. This is part of South Africa’s international obligations to the United Nations.

Members of the SANDF were initially employed for the period of 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015, and the employment has now been extended to 31 March 2016.

The total expenditure, according to the Presidency, expected to be incurred for the employment is R909 687 562.

The President has also extended the employment SANDF to Southern African Development Community to 31 March 2016.

Two hundred and twenty members of the SANDF were employed to monitor and deter piracy and other related illegal maritime activities along the Southern African coast of the Indian Ocean.

They were employed for the period of 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.

The total expenditure expected to be incurred for the employment is R127 027 773.

In Sudan, the President Zuma has extended the employment 850 members of the SANDF personnel who are part of the as AU/UN hybrid operation in Darfur, Sudan (UNAMID).

Members of the SANDF were employed in Darfur, Sudan, for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015, as part of the AU/UN hybrid operation.

The extension of this employment is for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

The total expenditure expected to be incurred for the employment is R369 079 895. – SAnews.gov.za

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