JOHANNESBURG: The 19 alleged Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebels arrested in South Africa were to get training to oust President Joseph Kabila’s government, the prosecution said today.
It said there was no indication at this stage that the group had any links to the M23 rebels who have been fighting the DRC government army since May last year in the country’s volatile eastern Kivu region.
National Prosecution Authority spokesman Makhosini Nkosi said in a statement received today that the grouping’s objective was to receive specialised military related training to overthrow the current DRC government.
The suspects were arrested by a South African elite police unit in a remote area north of the country in a dawn raid yesterday.
Nkosi told AFP the group will appear in court tomorrow on charges of breaching South Africa’s Foreign Military Assistance laws and will be extradicted to their home country after the trial.