A crack South African Police counter terrorism unit has busted a rebel group plotting to overthrow President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the police said.
On Tuesday, members of the police’s Special Task Force raided a building where 19 alleged rebel group members were being housed in South Africa’s Limpopo province.
Makhosini Nkosi, spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority, said the men – all members of the M23 group - were going to receive specialised military-related training to overthrow the DRC government.
None of the suspects is South African, he added.
The suspects are expected to appear in the Pretoria Regional Court on Thursday to face charges of transgressing the Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act 15 of 1998.
Pretoria has a keen interest in the political stability of the landlocked central African nation.