SANDF soldier killed in line of duty in Congo

Published Jun 6, 2024


The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmed that one of its soldiers were killed while on duty in Sake in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Sergeant Mbulelo David Ngubane, 39, was killed on Thursday, May 30, following contact between M23 and SADC forces.

Sergeant Ngubane who was an Operational Medical Practitioner in the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) was shot and killed when the ambulance in which he was tending to injured members was attacked.

“The vehicle was clearly marked with large medical symbols on both sides and on top, depicting a medical vehicle. This unfortunate incident occurred even though the Geneva Convention on Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) clearly stipulates categories of protected persons and objects like medical personnel, medical transport in particular and other establishment of this nature during an armed conflict. This act goes against established international norms in the conduct of armed conflict,” the defence force said.

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thandi Modise, Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thabang Makwetla, the Acting Secretary for Defence, Dr Thobekile Gamede, the Chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Rudzani Maphwanya expressed their deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sergeant Ngubane after his unfortunate passing.

The details of the memorial service and the funeral will be communicated in due course.

In April, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the deployment of the almost 1,400 soldiers has been extended in Mozambique and DRC until December 2024 and March 2025, respectively.

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