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SA mercenaries in Nigeria: apartheid-era veterans still finding work

Nigerian army soldeirs patrol along a road in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria, on March 5, 2015South Africa was one of the first countries in the world to ban mercenaries but remains a major supplier of military instructors, some of them from the time of the brutal apartheid regime. Former Koevoet officer Leon Lotz, who was relatively well-known in South Africa, was one of them. On Wednesday, he was killed in a friendly fire incident in northeast Nigeria, where a regional force has been battling Boko Haram insurgents. The Koevoet was a South African special forces unit tasked in the 1980s with putting down the Southwest African People’s Organisation (SWAPO) liberation movement in occupied Namibia.

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