Today marks the 100th anniversary of the SS Mendi tragedy in which 607 black South African soldiers died after their ship sank in the English Channel.
According to the Presidency statement, the SS Mendi was struck almost in half by a much bigger ship, the SS Darro, which was bound for Argentina and 616 South Africans died.
Here's a poem about the sinking of the SS Mendi, by distinguished Historian, Novelist, Journalist & Poet S.E.K. Mqhayi. pic.twitter.com/eSLWSNQsbG— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) February 21, 2017
Listen to John Gribble of the South African Heritage Resources Agency below for more information on SS Mendi tragedy...