Published January 06, 2013
| Associated Press
JOHANNESBURG – South African President Jacob Zuma says his government is sending 400 army troops to the Central African Republic.
Zuma's office issued a statement Sunday saying that the deployment of the soldiers is part of South Africa's international obligation to the Central African Republic.
Zuma's office said the South African National Defense Force troops will help build the capacity of the CAR army and will also assist with the planning and implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and re-integration of rebel groups.
Zuma's statement said that sending soldiers to Central African Republic is part of South Africa's efforts "to bring about peace and stability in the region."