UPDATE: SANDF will not be deploying in Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

Johannesburg, 9 March 2016 - With South African troops likely to help fight Boko Haram in Nigeria are we at risk of being a target? John Stupart from the African Defence Review says although it’s unlikely it shouldn't be written off. Video: eNCA
South African President Jacob Zuma is in Nigeria for a two-day state visit.
File: Three years ago South Africa and Nigeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Photo: Flickr.com / John Stupart
  • Editor's note: Correct earlier publication which erroneously reported that South Africa may be sending its special forces to Nigeria to help the country fight militant group Boko Haram.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa won't be sending troops to Nigeria to help fight against militant group Boko Haram.

Earlier reports suggested that Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and her Nigerian counterpart had agreed on this.

Nigerian Minister Mansur Dan Ali had reportedly said discussions on this had reached an advanced stage.

Meanwhile, President Zuma is ending his two day state visit to the country on Wednesday.

His visit was to strengthen ties between the countries.

The nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding three years ago.

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