BLACK SACRIFICE, the sinking of the S.S. Mendi, 1917

: Baai (S.)

R 235.00
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187pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017


Foreword by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

A self-published history of the sinking of the British troopship, S.S. Mendi, in the English Channel in 1917, on the way to France. 616 South Africans, including 607 black troops serving in the South African Native Labour Contingent, died - South Africa's biggest single loss of life in World War I. The findings of the inquiry into the incident were kept secret for fifty years.

Sandi Baai was born in 1942 at Kwa Ndunge Village, Mbizana, and died in 2012 in Johannesburg. Ordained as a Minister in the Methodist Church, he also taught theology at Rhodes University, and served South Africa's first democratically elected government as Director of Professional Ethics.