A video posted to Twitter in the first week of February has gone viral under the hashtag Northcliff Challenge after a man and his female companion decided to take to the streets of Johannesburg naked. Believe it or not, some South Africans have not shied away and have even uploaded videos of themselves going starkers in solidarity with the couple. Warning: The content contained within this article features graphic imagery of a offensive nature which some readers may find disturbing.
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These are external links and will open in a new window. In our series of letters from African writers, Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani reflects on her country's souring relations with South Africa because of xenophobic attacks. Students protest against the recent violence in South Africa. Outbreaks of xenophobic violence in South Africa are now frequent enough that they follow a familiar pattern. Riots targeting foreign-owned shops are followed by clashes, dispersed by security forces with the likes of stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons. This was the case in as over 60 people were killed in xenophobic attacks. It happened again in April as at least six people lost their Fredericton massage centers.
South African authorities chose the national Women's Day holiday to bury Sarah "Saartjie" Baartman on the banks of the Gamtoos River in the impoverished Eastern Cape province where she grew up. About 10, people attended a ceremony broadcast live by the national SABC television company, many wearing the Khoi traditional dress of Baartman's people. Women wearing animal skin capes, seed ankle-rattles and grass bracelets and headbands burned local fynbos herbs known as Khoigoed in a tribute to their ancestors and to cleanse the air before the burial on a steep, rocky hill. Baartman's remains were returned to South Africa earlier this year from France, where they had been displayed in museums for more than a century - often under an "African Venus" label. Poets, preachers and dignitaries including South African President Thabo Mbeki spoke at the ceremony, kicked off by dancers pounding the red earth to the beat of traditional drums. Under a warm winter sun, Mbeki told those gathered that Baartman's history echoed that of South Africa itself. Baartman was taken to Britain in , when she was about 21 years old. The young African was kept in a cage and dragged out to parade naked while paying customers ogled her body. Briefly married to a West Indian man, she had two children, but was eventually sold to a French animal trainer who took her to Paris. She worked there as a prostitute until she died at
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