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SA hosts protest for kidnapped Nigerian girls

Local artists, activists and ordinary South Africans staged a march to the Nigerian consulate.

Local artists, activists and ordinary South Africans staged a march to the Nigerian consulate in Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African government has been asked to clarify "how many more girls need to be kidnapped in Nigeria" before any action is taken.

Local artists, activists and ordinary South Africans took up the #BringBackOurGirls cause, staging a mass march to the Nigerian consulate in Johannesburg yesterday.

A total of 276 school girls were kidnapped from their dormitory by terrorist group Boko Haram last month, while eight more were taken from a village just this week.

Artists and concerned South Africans have called on world leaders to unite to find the 284 missing girls.

Video: Who's Boko Haram?

Lesly Nkosi missed work to join the march yesterday and said the country can't turn a blind eye to the blatant violation to human rights.

"We're always ready to put things up on Facebook and say #BringBackOurGirls but we don't act."

Video: SA joins international protest.

The march is the latest demonstration in a series of international rallies calling on the Nigerian government to take decisive action to ensure the safe return of the missing girls.

Meanwhile, former president Nelson Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, wrote an emotional letter to the kidnapped girls.

Machel, who is still in mourning after Madiba's death, addressed the letter to the parents of the missing girls, calling on them not to lose hope.

Graca Machel Trust spokesperson Sisonke Msimang said many on the continent look to her as a mother figure, given her credibility as a person who has championed the rights of women and children.