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sandf thumb medium90 89The Star reports that Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise and senior leadership in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) were due to hand over the mortal remains of Sergeant Mbulelo David Ngubane to the family on Monday.

Ngubane tragically died during contact between M23 rebels and SADC forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on 30 May. The ceremony was scheduled to be held at Air Force Base Waterkloof on Monday afternoon. Ngubane, 39, an operational medical practitioner in the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS), was shot and killed when the ambulance in which he was tending to injured members was attacked. The vehicle was clearly marked with large medical symbols on both sides and on top, depicting a medical vehicle. The incident occurred even though the Geneva Convention on Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) clearly stipulates categories of protected persons and objects such as medical personnel, medical transport, in particular, and other establishments of this nature during an armed conflict. Some South Africans took to social media platform X to bid farewell to the fallen soldier, while others criticised Ramaphosa for deploying soldiers to the volatile DRC. Ramaphosa extended the deployment of 2,900 SANDF members to the DRC in February this year. The deployment will cover the period until 15 December 2024.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ntombi Nkosi at The Star

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