SANDF sex exploitation claims in the spotlight

South African peacekeeping troops are facing possible expulsion by the UN out of the DRC.

The possible expulsion comes after it has been alleged that the SANDF have been inflicting violence through the sexual abuse of local women.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has said that while she takes the matter seriously, the allegations do not relate to rape but rather consensual sex between troops and local women.

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Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Military and Defence Analyst at Jane's Defence Weekly Helmoed Heitman says the protocol for soldiers having consensual sex with locals varies from country to country.

The measurement says you can't have any, period. Even if you fall madly in love, you don't do anything, full stop. Different countries have different laws of course.

Helmoed Heitman, Military and Defence Analyst at Jane's Defence Weekly

Now, if it is not rape, it is not assault, not harassment then in most countries it wouldn't be an offence.

Helmoed Heitman, Military and Defence Analyst at Jane's Defence Weekly

There is now new legislation proposed that could see those who are guilty of such offences face dishonourable discharges and even imprisonment.

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