Pandor pledges support for Nigerian girls

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor has called on South Africa to unite to bring back the girls.

The Islamist group, whose name roughly translates from the Hausa language spoken widely in northern Nigeria as Western education is forbidden claimed responsibility for kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls, threatening to sell them like slaves and force them into marriage unless Nigeria freed militants held in the countrys jails. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor has called on South Africa and the African continent to unite to bring back the kidnapped Nigerian girls.

Pandor says it has become too easy to abuse women and girls.

Hundreds of ANC Women's League ( ANCWL) members have gathered at the Johannesburg City Hall to pledge their support for the #Bring Back Our Girls campaign.

More than 270 Nigerian girls were kidnapped several weeks ago.

Hundreds of mothers and grandmothers have also gathered at the hall where traditional healers have called on the ancestors to bring back the abducted girls.

Several women's rights organisations have been given the opportunity to give their message of support.

Some of them have been saying terror group Boko Haram must stop acting like boys and think like men, and return the girls to their homes immediately.

Pandor has pledged her support on behalf of the African National Congress (ANC) and says more needs to done to protect women and girls on the continent.

"The girls' right to dignity, the girls' right to equality, is being infringed."

The ANCWL says the #Bring Back Our Girls campaign must not stop here but must now spread to South Africa's nine provinces.

The league's leader Angie Motshekga says the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian girls by militant group Boko Haram has nothing to do with Islam.

Motshekga says as a mother it is devastating not to know where your child is.

"We cannot at any stage afford to look on when somebody else's human rights are infringed upon."