South Africa not sending soldiers – or Special Forces – to Nigeria
No South African military assistance, including Special Forces, will be sent to Nigeria to assist in fighting Boko Haram. This assurance comes from South Africa’s top soldier, SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke. He was responding to reports coming out of the West African powerhouse during President Jacob Zuma’s official visit there this week. “I note with concern some media reports suggesting the SANDF is planning to send Special Forces to Nigeria in a combat support role to that country’s military against known militia group. These reports are reckless and unfortunate,” Shoke said in a statement. He confirmed bilateral discussions took place between South African Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and her Nigerian counterpart, Mansur Dan Ali on Monday (March 7) in Abuja.