Zuma extends DRC troop deployment


FILE image of SANDF troops in front of a Roodewal Weapons Range helicopter taken on May 9, 2013.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has extended the deployment of South African troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Southern African and Indian Ocean coast, and Sudan, the presidency said on Tuesday.

This was in fulfillment of South Africa&39;s obligations to the United Nations, the Southern African Development Community, and the African Union, spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

The initial deployment period of April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 had been extended to March 31, 2016.

A total of 1,388 SA National Defence Force troops were in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 220 were involved in anti-piracy operations along the coast, and 850 were deployed in Darfur, Sudan.