South Africa’s Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Wednesday, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, asked its government to arrest the over 100 private soldiers, who are on their way to Nigeria to help fight extremist Boko Haram sect.
She said the ex-military men, should be arrested upon arrival in South Africa, to serve as deterrent to others. “There are consequences when somebody leaves the country and provides any form of military assistance that is not part of the government’s deployment,” she said.
Mapisa-Nqakula said no South African National Defence Force member was deployed to Nigeria, adding that South Africa has not received an official request for assistance or weapons. On Tuesday Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, expressed her disappointment at the South Africans’ involvement.