1852 — 1917
Early on the morning of February 21, 1917, a month after leaving Cape Town harbour, the troopship SS Mendi was rammed in thick fog in the English Channel. She sank in 20 minutes. On board, the Reverend Isaac Wauchope rallied the servicemen, the last contingent of the South African Native Labour Corps, to support the war effort in Europe: "You are going to die, but that is what you came here to do... Let us die like warriors, the sons of Africa." Wauchope was among the dead that morning. Of the 895 on board, 647 lost their lives, among them 607 black troops.
- » ARTIST: Madi Phala
- » ADDRESS: World War I training ground, University of Cape Town