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DRC rebels 'came to South Africa for military training'

06 February 2013, 10:34

Cape Town – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has said that the 19 men arrested for plotting a coup in the Democratic republic of Congo were allegedly in South Africa to receive military training, according to an Eyewitness report.

The NPA however denied reports that the group had links to Congolese rebel group M23, which has been fighting in the eastern parts of the central African country.

The group was arrested in Limpopo on Tuesday after months of investigation.

They were allegedly planning to overthrow the DRC's current government of President Joseph Kabila who was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2011.

"The group’s objective was to receive specialised military training to overthrow the current DRC government, the NPA's Makhosini Nkosi said.

Nkosi said no South African was implicated in the plot.

Police refused to divulge whether any arms or documents were seized during the raid.

The group will appear in court this week and all 19 are expected to stand trial in South Africa.

- News24


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