SANDF members die

The SAPS has initiated an inquest into the deaths of four members of the SANDF who may have been poisoned by carbon monoxide. Image: SANDF/ Facebook.

Horror: SANDF member seen in video of burnt bodies in Mozambique

An investigation is underway after a SANDF soldier was spotted in a video of troops burning bodies in Mozambique.

SANDF members die

The SAPS has initiated an inquest into the deaths of four members of the SANDF who may have been poisoned by carbon monoxide. Image: SANDF/ Facebook.

A horrific video of soldiers burning unknown bodies on a pile of rubble in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique sent shockwaves through the country after it hit social media platforms.


The SANDF and other unknown defence force members are seen to be engaged in activities that are against the law or armed conflict.

In the video, you can see how some members even swing a body as they try to throw it on top of the rubble and other bodies which were already on fire.

“The South African National Defence force was made aware of a video clip circulating on Social Media depicting members in a yet unidentified Defence Force uniform throwing deceased bodies on a pile of burning rubble as well as the SANDF member(s) standing around watching them,” a statement by the SANDF read.

Andries Mahapa

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Brigadier General Andries Mokoena Mahapa, Director of Defence Corporate Communication, said the incident is believed to have taken place during the month of November 2022 in Mozambique.

This is where South Africa has committed forces as part of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM).

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“Once the forces are committed, they form part of a combined force and fall under the command and control of SAMIM. South Africa only supports their mission logistically,” Mahapa said.


He said the Force Commander of SAMIM is conducting an investigation surrounding the involvement of its members in this despicable act.

“The SANDF does not condone in anyway the acts committed in the video and those who are found guilty of such acts will be brought to book,” Mahapa said.

The Democratic Alliance said it was disgusted by the video that is doing the rounds of dead bodies being handled in the most disrespectful and undignified manner by soldiers of SAMIM in Cabo in Mozambique.

In the video, you can see soldiers swing and try to throw another body on top of the burning pile.

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It said at least one of the soldiers at the scene is identifiable as an SANDF member.

“We reject the behaviour with the contempt it deserves,” DA Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Affairs MP Kobus Marais said.

He said soldiers are under the authorised deployment of the President, and as such subject to the supervision of Parliament.

he said the Minister of the SANDF should immediately institute a Board of Inquiry and that the soldiers involved and their command should be recalled to South Africa and must be suspended to allow for unrestricted investigation into this matter.

“The Minister must also fully brief Parliament’s defence committee on the incident as soon as possible and explain under whose authority and jurisdiction the bodies were burnt and whether those bodies were civilians or combatants,” Marais said.