Hard questions for South Africa over CAR battle

AP News
Posted: Mar 27, 2013 7:22 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government is facing tough questions about its military mission in the Central African Republic after 13 of its soldiers were killed there in the rebellion last week.

South Africa's political opposition and the military union charge the troops were poorly prepared and that there is a lack of clarity about the reasons for their deployment. The force of about 200 South African troops was attacked last weekend by a much larger group of the rebels who overthrew President Francois Bozize and seized the capital, Bangui.

The South African government says troops were originally sent to the rebellion-prone Central African Republic to help train the national army, and that more forces had to be sent to protect South African assets as security deteriorated.