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
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.