SA not sending troops to Somalia
Cape Town – South Africa will not be sending troops to conflict-ridden Somalia to boost the African Union’s peacekeeping force, Defence Secretary Mpumi Mpofu said on Thursday.
“The answer to Somalia is a simple ‘no’. The South African National Defence Force will not be deployed in Somalia,” she told a media briefing in Cape Town on the department’s 2009/10 annual report.
“So we don’t have an instruction to go to Somalia right now from the commander in chief or anybody.”
She said, however, that there was still the possibility of South Africa deploying ships as part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) force to fend off Somali pirates if they encroached on [continue reading]