SANDF Commander-in-Chief Ramaphosa to address the Armed Forces Day celebrations

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the Armed Forces Day celebrations at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town today.

He will also lay a wreath at the Mendi Memorial and observe a flypast by the South African Air Force.

The celebrations are usually held on this date to commemorate the sinking of the SS Mendi Memorial and also to observe a fly-past by the South African Air Force before the keynote address.

“The Sinking of the SS Mendi is deemed one of South Africa’s worst tragedies of the First World War (‪1914-1918). A total of 616 black South African troops died when the SS Mendi steamship sank on its way to France,” reads a statement from the Presidency.

Below is an infographic highlighting the event:

Additional reporting by Lulama Mafubedu.