Girls' kidnapping: Africans must be outraged

2014-05-04 13:06
Some of the kidnapped girls who managed to escape. (AP)

Some of the kidnapped girls who managed to escape. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Africans, particularly South Africans, should be outraged at the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian school girls, Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said on Sunday.

"It is deeply shocking that 276 girls between 12 and 17 are reported still to be missing, three weeks after being abducted," he said during a sermon at St John's Church, Bellville, in Cape Town.

"We are one continent and these girls are our children."

He questioned why the international community had not "erupted in outrage" over the kidnapping.

"Where are our ubuntu values when girls are kidnapped at such a tender age?" he said.

News agency Agence France-Presse reported on Sunday that Nigerian police said the kidnappers, suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists, were still holding 223 out of the 276 girls on Friday.

Makgoba called on Africans to demand the girls be set free.

"All of Africa, and especially South Africa which has benefited from the hospitality and generosity of other nations, must rise up and demand their release."

The African National Congress Women's League and the South African government previously expressed concern for the girls' safety.

On Saturday ANCWL spokesperson Edna Molewa said: "[We] would like to implore the Nigerian government to heighten search efforts for the remaining kidnapped young girls."

International relations department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement on Friday that the South African government called on African Union member states and the international community to support Nigeria in its battle against terrorism.

"The kidnapping of children in particular is condemned in the strongest terms and the South African government calls on the perpetrators of this heinous act to release the persons immediately and refrain from harming the kidnapped persons."
Read more on:    boko haram  |  thabo makgoba  |  nigeria  |  west africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Prince George the green prince?

Prince Charles hopes his grandson's love of the outdoors will become a passion for the environment.



One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer
Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly


The pace may be slow today and you may struggle to get things off the ground level, but it is important to focus on the more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.