The commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi in the English Channel in 1917 in which more than 600 South African soldiers perished will form part of the activities of the SANDF’s Armed Forces Day in Cape Town on Thursday.
The descendants of South Africans who perished on the troopship SS Mendi have called on international powers to give more recognition to them.
This year marks a centenary since the sinking of the ship SS Mendi off the coast of England.
As part of centenary celebrations, the SS Mendi travelling exhibition currently on display in Simon’s Town in the South Peninsula is expected to move around the Western Cape in the next few weeks.
The King Sabathda Dalindyebo municipality joined hands with the South African Infantry Battalion at Mthatha in the Eastern Cape to honour the hundreds of soldiers and ordinary people who made a contribution in the First and Second World War.