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PostPosted: 07 Mar 2018, 18:18 
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International peacekeeping operations: SANDF & DIRCO briefing

02 March 2018

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Maj Gen Kula responded that all five Oryx helicopters and three Rooivalk helicopters were not flying at the same time. Two Rooivalk helicopters were operational whereas one was reserved. This could be used whilst one of the two was being serviced or being repaired. The UN paid for that. The Rooivalk was deployed as assistance. The UN had made a call to withdraw the Rooivalk helicopters due to the money they paid South Africa. They think they could source cheap helicopters somewhere else. However, the fact was that these helicopters could not be withdrawn due to their effectiveness and this could not be disputed. There was no replacement for them. They were a vital asset. The UN had written to South Africa to withdraw its Rooivalk helicopters. However, he had engaged with the UN and, as a result, the Rooivalk would never be withdrawn. The Committees' oversight visit would confirm whether they should be withdrawn. He expressed his concern at the withdrawing of Tanzanian helicopters and stated that should Rooivalk helicopters be withdrawn, they would be sacrificing their troops.

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PostPosted: 07 Mar 2018, 19:41 
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So does this mean Rooivalk are staying?


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Depends on who you want to believe!

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OverTq wrote:
So does this mean Rooivalk are staying?

As I said in my article, it's still being negotiated.

The UN had already decided to cancel the LOA and repatriate them, but South Africa strongly objected and requested that it instead be discussed and negotiated further along with the talks on the future role of the FIB. We'll find out soon enough what the final decision is, but I'll be surprised if the Rooivalks stay in country given the sharp budget cuts MONUSCO has received.


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