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Xingwana addresses Soweto schoolgirls

The pupils have been demonstrating against the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls.

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana on Wednesday visited 600 Soweto schoolgirls demonstrating against the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian pupils.

The Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped in the north of that country by Islamist group Boko Haram several weeks ago.

Xingwana called on global organisations like the United Nations (UN) to increase their efforts to locate the missing pupils.

To audible gasps, the minister explained some of the horrors the kidnapped girls may be experiencing at the hands of their captors.

She said they girls could be exposed to slavery, rape, sexual slavery and human trafficking.

The minister called on religious and world leaders to take action.

"Let religious leaders and world leaders expose these atrocities, these terrorists."

The event was also used to promote career opportunities and the importance of education in the fight against gender-based violence.