South Africa to withdraw troops from Sudan’s Darfur region

South Africa is set to withdraw its troops from peacekeeping operations in Sudan’s Darfur region, President Jacob Zuma’s office said on Wednesday.

The president’s office said in a statement issued in Johannesburg that “members of the South African National Defence Force were employed in Darfur in 2008 as part of the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

“The termination of their work will take effect as from April 1, 2016.”

It would be recalled that UNAMID was established in 2007 to bring stability to the war torn Darfur region of Sudan, while peace talks on final settlement continued.

South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Egypt are among the over 40 nations contributing troops to the Mission.

The mandate is for a force of up to 19,555 military personnel and 3,772 police, along with a further 19 formed police units comprising up to 140 personnel each, the peacekeepers are tasked with using force to protect civilians and humanitarian operations. (Reuters/NAN)