SA forces may soon face combat with DRC rebels

File: South Africans form the backbone of the brigade, which also includes troops from Tanzania and Malawi.

JOHANNESBURG - South African soldiers, who are part of a UN mission, could soon be tackling rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Congolese army will be attempting to disarm Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda rebels, known as FDLR.

The country's armed forces will be assisted by UN peacekeeping mission, Monusco.

South Africans form the backbone of the brigade, which also includes troops from Tanzania and Malawi. 

The FDLR is in part made up of Hutu militants who were involved in Rwanda’s genocide. The militant group missed a January second deadline to surrender and disarm.

It’s estimated that there are still more than a thousand rebels who have not laid down their arms. 

Previous military operations against the group have proved unsuccessful.

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