SA soldier faces court martial

A South African soldier will face a court martial for alleged sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he is serving in a UN peacekeeping mission.

He is one of three South African soldiers under investigation for alleged sexual crimes in the DRC.

There are more than 1,200 South African National Defence Force members deployed in the DRC.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently recommended that UN peacekeepers accused of sexual crimes be taken through a court martial in the countries where they are deployed.

The court martial of the South African soldier in the DRC will be the first following Ban's recommendation.

On Tuesday the UN revealed that there had been 44 allegations of sexual crimes committed by its peacekeepers so far this year.

These were allegedly committed in the DRC, Central African Republic, Sudan, Libya and Haiti.

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