SANDF members involved in assaulting and torturing locals in DRC


The South African National Defense Force (SANDF) has opened an investigation into reports that some of its members in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are involved in assault and torture of locals. 

A military statement said “corrective actions” would ensue if the reports, which it understood had come from Congolese citizens, were found to be true.

The inquiry would be conducted in liaison with the United Nations’ MONUSCO mission in Congo.

Under bilateral agreements with host countries, U.N. soldiers found to have committed crimes while serving in peacekeeping missions are judged and punished in their home jurisdictions.