GAUTENG - Cabinet is facing a massive backlash if it decides to send troops back to the Central African Republic.
Critics are already getting vocal even though a decision is only expected later in the week.
Among those opposing the move is a union representing soldiers. It says there are still no clear answers as to why South African troops were there in the first place.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, International Relations Minister said, "I'm told it took almost eight hours of these leaders begging us to please come back to Central African Republic."
Despite pleas from regional leaders at a meeting in Chad on Thursday, the request is going to be a tough sell for the president.
David Matneir Democratic Alliance Shadow Defence Minister has said, "To the extent that we can contribute to the peace keeping efforts in the CAR, we think that should be a diplomatic role. The SANDF should not be deployed."
South Africa's already paid a high price for deploying troops to the CAR, where 13 were killed.
Besides the dangers, the South African National Defence Union says redeployment will strain an already stretched budget.