Weekend Post (South Africa)
SS Mendi death toll incorrect
RE the editorial in the Weekend Post of February 25, please note that the Mendi death toll was not 616 but actually 646.
Of the 802 members of the 5th Battalion, South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC) – most of whom were from “the rural areas of the Pondo Kingdom in the Eastern Cape” – 607 perished.
Also on the death toll were two officers (both lieutenants) and seven NCO’s, as well as 30 crew members.
“LEST WE FORGET” – We are grateful to the writer for pointing out our error. The editor