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    S. Africa's Zuma Withdraws Troops From Sudan's Darfur Region

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is pictured during his visit to the Lodewyk P. Spies Old Age Home in Eersterust, Pretoria, Dec. 15, 2015.
    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is pictured during his visit to the Lodewyk P. Spies Old Age Home in Eersterust, Pretoria, Dec. 15, 2015.
    Reuters

    South Africa will withdraw its troops from peacekeeping operations in Sudan's Darfur region, President Jacob Zuma's office said on Wednesday.

    Zuma's office also announced on Wednesday that elected officials will receive salary increases of 4.4 percent, compared with inflation of more than 6 percent in Africa's most industrialized economy, the presidency said on Wednesday.

    South African troops joined one of the world's largest peacekeeping forces five years after the conflict in Darfur began, but the force has been dogged by allegations by Western powers that it has not done enough to protect civilians and withheld information on the scale of violence.

    "Members of the South African National Defense Force were employed in Darfur in 2008 as part of the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur [UNAMID]. The termination will take effect from 01 April 2016," the president's office said in a statement.

    The measures come at a time when South Africa's economy is struggling, and government finances are under strain.

    The presidency said that the below inflation increase of 4.4 percent for political office bearers nationally and in the provinces for 2015/16 were "in line with the current economic climate."

    Presidential spokesperson Bongani Majola however said the troops withdrawal had more to do with the completion of the mission than with belt tightening by South Africa.

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    by: Anonymous
    February 24, 2016 11:43 AM
    Well what a surprise, Reuters. This story has taken such a long time to appear. Who are the Western Powers that made the allegation? a report would certainly highlight the allegations which are serious, to say the least.

    by: Khalid AlMubarak from: London
    February 24, 2016 11:02 AM
    The Security Council has agreed on an" exit strategy" for UNAMID.The situation on the ground has changed.The rebels are now complicating the situation ,,in neighbouring countries (South Sudan and Libya),after losing ground in Darfur.The challenge in Darfur now is reconstruction and services in which South Africa can help.

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