SANDF member killed in Sudan

A South African soldier has been killed and another wounded while providing a security escort service for the World Food Programme's (WFP) humanitarian aid trucks in Sudan.

According to South African National Defence Force (SANDF) spokesperson Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga, the military convoy was ambushed en route to an exchange point between SANDF and Rwandese Battalions.

In this instance, the SANDF battalion were to escort the convoy to a point where it was to be taken over by the Rwandese battalion.

"The convoy came under fire 25 km away from the exchange point and was able to hold ground and protect the WFP trucks," Mabanga said on Tuesday.

"During the exchange of fire, unfortunately one member of the SANDF was fatally wounded whilst another was wounded was evacuated to EL Fashir to receive medical treatment. He is in a stable condition."

Mabanga said the name of the deceased member will be released on completion of all due processes.

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Chief of the South African National Defence, General Solly Shoke and the Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Duma Mdutyana have expressed their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased member.

They have further wished the injured member a speedy and full recovery from his wounds.

SANDF members have been employed in Darfur since 2008 as part of the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

South Africa's commitment to UNAMID ends on April 1 in terms of an agreement announced by the UN Department of Peacekeeping and South Africa's permanent mission to the world body.

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT NEWS AGENCY

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