SANDF soldiers booted from DRC

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The first group of SANDF soldiers has already been charged and is being sent back to South Africa.

The first group of SANDF soldiers has already been charged and is being sent back to South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG - South African soldiers in the DRC have been sent packing after a night on the town.

Two platoons of South African troops are being sent home.

That’s after 23 soldiers visited a shebeen frequented by sex workers in Goma a week ago.

A second group of 27 followed suit last Saturday.

They didn’t have permission to leave their base and also broke curfew.

They are in the country as part of the UN’s peacekeeping mission.

Army spokesman Jaco Theunissen says the first group has already been charged and is being sent back to South Africa.

The soldiers are all from the 121st SA Infantry Battalion in Mtubatuba in KwaZulu-Natal.