President Jacob Zuma has extended condolences to the family of the South African soldier, Rifleman Moalosi Mokhothu, who died in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The SANDF member was killed last week during a gunfight with rebels in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The president also saluted the courage exhibited by Rifleman Moalosi Mokhothu, his contribution, and above all his selflessness towards the liberation of the captives, adding that it will never be erased from his memories and that of South Africans.
The soldier died in a gunfight that erupted when members of the Mayi Mayi and Allied Democratic Forces groups attacked the SANDF position near Butembu.
He was part of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Congo. The attack also saw another South African National Defence Force soldier critically wounded while another soldier sustained minor injuries.
SANDF spokesperson Brigadier-General Xolani Mabanga said in the course of the fiery attack, four rebels, and a policeman was gunned down.
“… after a lengthy stand-off, the attackers fled and during a consolidation of the scene it was established that four Mayi-Mayi rebels were killed and two captured.” The particulars of the dead soldier would be released once next-of-kin had been informed,” Mabanga added.
A statement released by the Presidency reads:
“We have learned with shock and sadness of the fall of our dedicated, brave and patriotic young soldier. We are proud of him.
“He died fighting for peace and stability in our continent. He paid the ultimate price for peace. We are deeply saddened. We salute him for his courage and his contribution will never be forgotten.
“On behalf of the government and all South Africans, we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, relatives, and colleagues. Our prayers and thoughts are with them in this difficult period. May his soul rest in peace.”