Members of the South African National Defence Force Military Health Service who played a role in supporting the front line forces during the 'Battle of Bangui' in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) in March 2013, were honoured this morning.
During a parade that was held at the Military Health Training Formation in Thaba Tshwane, Pretoria, 7 Medical Battalion Group were handed over battle colours as an honour for their contribution.
Seven paratroopers descended from an aircraft where the members were parading, then handed over the two battle colours to chief of staff general Vusi Masondo.
He then later handed them to the unit.
Battle Colours are bestowed by the president of the republic to military units and formations that gallantly fought in wars, battles and skirmishes in the execution of the mandate given by the Commander-in-Chief of the SANDF.
From March 22 until about 9pm on March 24, 200 South African soldiers fought a series of running battles outside Bangui, against more than 3 000 well-armed opponents.