South African troops are heading for a fight with battle-hardened rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The government yesterday announced that a confrontation with Forces for Democratic Liberation of Rwanda in the Democratic Republic of Congo was “inevitable”.
Four thousand FDLR soldiers, many of whom were involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, terrorise the eastern DRC.
The looming fight comes after the FDLR ignored the UN’s January 2 disarmament deadline.
Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesman Clayson Monyela said: “The FDLR has failed to comply with the deadline. It renders a military option inevitable.”
South Africa has 1000 troops in the DRC as part of the UN’s Force Intervention Brigade, which is tasked with “neutralising” threats to the region, and will be sending 1000 fresh soldiers into battle.
Last year, South African troops fought against M23 rebels in several fierce battles.