WATCH: Ramaphosa speaks at Armed Forces Day Celebrations

The event, which is meant to expand public understanding of the role of the SANDF, forms part of the 25th anniversary of South Africa's democratic force.

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a keynote address at the annual Armed Forces Day Celebrations in Polokwane

It is held annually on 21 February in commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi steamship on 21 February 1917.

 The event, which is meant to expand public understanding of the role of the SANDF, forms part of the 25th anniversary of South Africa's democratic force.

It was one of South African's worst tragedies of the First World War.

A total of 616 black South African troops died when the SS Mendi steamship sank on its way to France.

The President started the day with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Polokwane Municipal Gardens memorial of the sinking of the SS Mendi.

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