The soldier who was shot and wounded was Rifleman Cebo Excellent Gumede.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has provided details of the two SANDF casualties in an ambush in Northern Darfur, Sudan, on Wednesday.

The soldier that was fatally shot was Corporal Mxolisi Edward Mnyipika, Brig-Gen Xolani Mabanga said on Saturday.

Details of Mnyipika’s memorial and funeral arrangements would be announced as soon as all SANDF internal processes were completed and his family had finalised their arrangements. He is survived by his wife.

The soldier who was shot and wounded was Rifleman Cebo Excellent Gumede. Gumede was still in hospital in El Fashir and in a stable condition.

Both soldiers were based at 8 South African Infantry Battalion (8 SAI Bn) in Upington in the Northern Cape, Mabanga said.

The country’s military department said on Thursday a military convoy providing a security escort for humanitarian aid trucks had been ambushed in Darfur at about 8pm the previous night while on the way to an exchange point between SANDF and Rwandan troops.

“This was a routine security escort to protect the movement of World Food Programme (WFP) trucks to a pre-determined destination,” said the SANDF.

“In this instance, the SANDF battalion were to escort the convoy to a point where it was to be taken over by the Rwandese battalion.

“The convoy came under fire 25km away from the exchange point and was able to hold ground and protect the WFP trucks.

“During the exchange of fire, unfortunately one member of the SANDF was fatally wounded while another was wounded.”

The South African soldiers are part of a United Nations peacekeeping force in Darfur.

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