The relatives of 13 South African troops who were gunned down by the Central African Republic arrived at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in the capital Pretoria on Thursday to receive their remain.
The soldiers were killed on Saturday during a clash with rebels in the outskirts of Bangui. Twenty-seven were injured.
Their next-of-kin identified them ahead of a ceremony. A social worker had been assigned to each family.
Soldiers formed a guard of honour for their fallen colleagues before their coffins were loaded into hearses.