SANDF warns of extra military vehicles on the roads ahead of Armed Forces Day


The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has notified the public that there will be convoys of military vehicles travelling across the country to Polokwane for the Armed Forces Day 2020 celebrations next week.

Social media users have been sharing videos of convoys early this morning. The SANDF in a statement said vehicles are being moved to Polokwane for Armed Forces Day celebrations between 10 and 14 February. “This is in preparations for the Armed Forces Day and commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi.”

“Inland and coastal units will start descending on Polokwane in convoys comprising heavy vehicles and light-skinned vehicles starting on the dates as indicated above. The arteries where there will be movement of these heavy military vehicles will be N1 north moving from Cape Town through Bloemfontein to Polokwane as well as N12 north starting from Kimberley through Potchefstroom to Polokwane.

“Movement of other small convoys will be communicated once their timings have been cleared, and the public is requested to exercise caution when coming across these vehicles,” the SANDF concluded.

Armed Forces Day is on 21 February but commemorations take place from this weekend onwards.