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South African mercenaries are reportedly operating in Nigeria's remote north-east, fighting the Boko Haram insurgents.

Mercenaries in Africa: South Africa struggles in vain to ban soldiers of fortune

During the 1980s, Leon Lotz fought for the “Koevoet” (“crowbar” in Afrikaans), a South African apartheid-era paramilitary unit charged with rooting out nationalist guerrillas in what is now Namibia — acting as “the crowbar which prises terrorists out of the bushveld like nails from rotten wood,” in the words of South Africa’s then minister of law and order, Louis le Grange.