South African soldiers deployed to CAR have been withdrawn, SANDF says

All South African soldiers deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR) have been withdrawn, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) said today.

Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said in a statement all the SANDF personnel who were still in the CAR have been withdrawn and are back home safe and are receiving all the professional support they require.

The statement said regarding the allegations by foreign reporters about the number of casualties suffered by the SANDF: the SANDF would like to assure all South Africans that there are no bodies or personnel of the SANDF that cannot be declared.

A French news agency earlier reported that CAR rebels claimed the number of South African soldiers killed in the battle in Bangui was between 36 and 50.

South Africa put the death toll at 13.

The 13 soldiers were killed on March 23 when they were attacked by rebel fighters near the CAR's capital Bangui, while another 27 were wounded.