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CAR: Cruising SA-style in coup capital

02 April 2013, 14:04

Cape Town – Rebels who overthrew the government of the Central African Republic are cruising the streets of the capital Bangui in captured South African military vehicles, a report said on Monday.

Times Live said a group of heavily armed Seleka rebels could be seen draped over a Toyota Landcruiser on Sunday, marked with the insignia of Operation Vimbezela, the South African military mission in the CAR. A machine gun was mounted on the roof of the vehicle.

Witnesses reported seeing several other South African military vehicles in rebel hands, some with "Seleka" painted on them in crude lettering - a graphic indictment of a "peace mission" gone horribly wrong.

Thirteen South African soldiers lost their lives in fierce fighting just over a week ago as rebel soldiers advanced in a coup that ended in their leader Michel Djotodia being swept to power.

The mission has been widely criticised by those who believe that it was launched to protect private business interests linked to the ANC government, and to prop up the unpopular and authoritarian president, Francois Bozize, who has fled the country.

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