South African defence forces are “twitchy” over a potential peacekeeping role in the DRC, security sources told IRIN on Tuesday.
The heavy lift capacity of the air force has been reduced with half of its C-130 planes undergoing refurbishment. Only two army battalions are trained for a peacekeeping role, and the rest of the army is facing a difficult process of integration. While the South African government has championed the DRC peace process, “the military are more realistic over just how complicated it could get,” one analyst said.
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