City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:05:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Where South Africa’s fallen statues go to rest http://www.citypress.co.za/news/where-south-africas-fallen-statues-go-to-rest/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=where-south-africas-fallen-statues-go-to-rest http://www.citypress.co.za/news/where-south-africas-fallen-statues-go-to-rest/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:05:08 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=159026 Beneath two of Pretoria’s most iconic heritage sites are sprawling high-security archives dedicated to the preservation of South Africa’s discarded monuments.

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Busts of apartheid leaders, including Verwoerd, are stored for protection and maintenance at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo/City Press

Busts of apartheid leaders, including Verwoerd, are stored for protection and maintenance at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo/City Press

Beneath two of Pretoria’s most iconic heritage sites – the Voortrekker Monument and the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History – are sprawling high-security archives dedicated to the preservation of South Africa’s discarded monuments.

Cecilia Kruger is senior manager of conservation at The Heritage Foundation – a section 21 company tasked with cultural preservation, maintenance and installation – and Etta Judson is curator and manager of museum services at the Voortrekker Monument.

They show City Press into the climate-controlled area that houses the monuments, a massive collection of Afrikaner memorabilia and cultural artefacts.

Perfectly preserved busts of former leaders FW de Klerk, Hendrik Verwoerd, DF Malan, Jan Smuts and Pik Botha lie amid fading orange and blue ZAR flags and piles of oil portraits of other significant Afrikaners.

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Kruger is unfazed by the #RhodesMustFall movement. In more than 30 years of heritage management, she has seen it all before.

“Every time there’s a new political party, the memory of the previous dispensation is removed to make way for the next one.

In 1994, the objects in this store were removed by the department of public works, which is responsible for the works of art in state-owned buildings. They were removed because they became irrelevant.”

At her feet is the original portrait of Jan van Riebeeck that used to be displayed on our banknotes. She does, however, become enraged about the “pity” of attempting to “erase a tangible history”.

She explains: “Historically, these objects form part of an entire history of our country. History did not begin in 1994. There’s a reason 1994 happened and, if you break up the continuity of history, I think it can become quite confusing for young people to piece together.”

At the Ditsong museum, “stupid mistakes”, as the head of conservation, Jan Middeljans describes them, resulted in a fire in 2013 that consumed the studio housing Coert Steynberg’s vast collection of sculptural works that adorn most of the grand public buildings in Gauteng and appear on objects as diverse as our coins.

The sculptures went up in flames and, over the past two years, have been restored as much as possible by the Steynberg family and the Ditsong museum, which stores most of the valuable pieces that survived.

The charred, exploded effigies are arranged in rows next to paintings worth millions by Jacobus Pierneef, Anton van Wouw and Irma Stern. I ask Middeljans about separating the object as a work of art from the figure it represents.

“The artists were children of their time and, as such, produced works that spoke to the era. “Whether we remove them from public space or not, the things they did still exist. There is no way to demolish that,” he says.

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Fashion: Duro Olowu channels classical art in new lookbook http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/fashion-duro-olowu-channels-classical-art-in-new-lookbook/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fashion-duro-olowu-channels-classical-art-in-new-lookbook http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/fashion-duro-olowu-channels-classical-art-in-new-lookbook/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:30:58 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=158977 Duro Olowu channels the masterful paintings of Kees van Dongen in his new Spring lookbook.

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Inspired by the paintings of Kees van Dongen, Nigerian designer Duro Olowu focuses on fantasy and faces in his new collection.

No stranger to the use of bold design elements and striking shapes, Olowu showcases prints of all kinds.

From the almost 70s-style polka dots to simple geometric ensembles, Olowu shows off his versatility when it comes to fabrics and styles.

Olowu is known for his definitive “African fashion”, but this collection blends influences from all over the world, perhaps because, like Van Dongen, Olowu’s work is made for all kinds of women.

Some breath-reducing, tucked-in waists and high necklines wouldn’t be out of place in a Victorian catalogue, and a whimsical pastel dress looks tailor-made for a geisha.

And, of course, being a lookbook, the images feature traditional stick-thin models. However, on closer inspection, the collection features a multiplicity of cuts that flatter different body types.

View the collection at duroolowu.com

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Bonang wins international award http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/bonang-wins-international-award/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bonang-wins-international-award http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/bonang-wins-international-award/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:19:45 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=159399 While you were sleeping Bonang Matheba was named Best South African DJ at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards ceremony that took place at The Forum in Los Angeles.

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While you were sleeping Bonang Matheba was named Best South African DJ at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards ceremony that took place at The Forum in Los Angeles.

Dressed in a beautiful black and multicoloured dress by Gert Johan Coetzee, South Africa’s Queen B announced on Twitter: “@bonang_m: Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award winner!!! Couldn’t have done it without YOU!! Thank you!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #KCA”

Matheba beat out 94.7 DJ Whackead Simpson and 5fm’s Poppy Ntshongwana with more votes to take home the honours.

Last week, Matheba lost out on the Best Presenter prize at the South African Film and Television Awards, with the versatile Katlego Maboe emerging the winner, but she can now add the orange Nickelodeon blimp and recognition from the international channel to her mantelpiece and resumé.

The popular media personality also thanked her team saying “@bonang_m: #DollFaceWON! No man is an island- thank you to Metro FM!! To Mr T, JJ & Naked DJ…I’m nothing without them!! #NickelodeonKidsChoiceAwards”

Bonang is expected to returns to her Metro FM nine to noon radio show on Wednesday 1 April, following her return from Los Angeles.

Bonang Matheba shows off her dress for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

Bonang Matheba shows off her dress for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

 

The model, TV and radio presenter, and ambassador for various brands including Revlon, Cîroc, Woolworths, and Magnum star continues to rise, and she’ll be jetting off to Morocco soon, at the invitation and as a guest of the King of Morocco, where she will once again represent South Africa at a conference he is hosting.

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Bafana battle Nigeria http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/bafana-battle-nigeria/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bafana-battle-nigeria http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/bafana-battle-nigeria/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:00:40 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=159348 After their Swazi triumph, SA again prepare to face and beat their nemesis.

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Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba is preparing to line up his big guns for today’s friendly against Nigeria at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

The likes of Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali, Tokelo Rantie, Rivaldo Coetzee, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Thuso Phala and Eric Mathoho missed Bafana’s 3-1 win over Swaziland on Wednesday.

They are expected to be back in action this afternoon against the Super Eagles, who will be under the stewardship of assistant coach Daniel “The Bull” Amokachi.

Nigeria are still reeling from their shock 1-0 defeat by Uganda at home on Wednesday and will be looking to bounce back against South Africa.

They are still smarting after Bafana denied them the opportunity to defend their Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) title in Equatorial Guinea earlier this year.

Nigeria have dominated the past 11 encounters between the two countries, winning seven, with three ending in draws and Bafana prevailing only once.

Mashaba will take comfort from the fact that he has not lost to the west Africans since taking over the reins. He came close to beating them in November, but Nigeria came back from 2-0 to draw 2-2.

The Super Eagles, who were without their European-based superstars, looked fairly ordinary against the Cranes, with Uganda exposing their defensive frailties.

Today should be Bafana’s best chance to silence their chief tormentors and get one up on their nemesis.

Although Nigeria have been Bafana’s hoodoo team, this is not the vintage Afcon-winning team of 2013, as the Nigerians are going through a process of rebuilding.

Bafana will feel confident going into the game after their morale-boosting victory over Swaziland. The goals came from captain Thulani Hlatshwayo, with newcomer Thabo Mnyamane scoring on debut and Mandla Masango – who came off the bench – scoring his second goal in as many games for the national team.

The return of those who missed the Swaziland game will give Mashaba a selection headache because the players who were preferred against Sihlangu Semnikati gave a good account of themselves.

Shakes Mashaba is out to ground the Super Eagles. Picture: CORNEL VAN HEERDEN

Shakes Mashaba is out to ground the Super Eagles. Picture: CORNEL VAN HEERDEN

It will be interesting to see who Mashaba starts with in goal. Itumeleng Khune and Jackson Mabokgwane played in one half each of Wednesday’s game while Brilliant Khuzwayo did not make the team. Kickoff is at 3pm.

The game will be preceded by Amajimbos’ match against Mali at 1pm, a repeat of the CAF African Youth Championships final, which the west Africans won 2-0.

Both teams are heading to the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Chile in October.

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Scoring the Proteas’ performance out of 10 http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/scoring-the-proteas-performance-out-of-10/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scoring-the-proteas-performance-out-of-10 http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/scoring-the-proteas-performance-out-of-10/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:00:50 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=159272 After the Proteas’ four-wicket loss to New Zealand in the semifinal of the cricket World Cup, Eduan Roos measures them up

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After the Proteas’ four-wicket loss to New Zealand in the semifinal of the cricket World Cup, Eduan Roos measures them up

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Finished the tournament as one of the top run scorers, was a (surprisingly successful) bowler, inspiring leader and great crowd-pleaser. If any player deserved to win the World Cup, it was De Villiers.

. Hashim Amla 5
One of the key players who was a disappointment. With the exception of more than 150 runs against Ireland, Amla never really got going and had an average of just more than 24 runs in the seven other games.

. Quinton de Kock 2
Along with Dale Steyn, he was the biggest disappointment of the Proteas. This opening batsman managed a total of only 145 runs in eight innings and often put the team under pressure. He also missed a run-out opportunity in the semifinal.

. Faf du Plessis 8
Can feel satisfied with his century and three 50s, but could have done more. He was the best fielder in the team and De Villiers could rely on him to keep a cool head under pressure.

. Rilee Rossouw 6
Showed great promise and looked like a world-class batsman – especially against the West Indies and Ireland. However, his patience let him down in a few key games. Consistently excellent as a fielder.

. David Miller 7
At times as devastating as De Villiers and showed he could play a long innings with his century in the first game. Failed in the run chase against Pakistan, but will wear the green and gold for a long time to come.

. JP Duminy 6
He is either excellent or poor and also missed two games because of a muscle strain. He was brilliant with his century against Zimbabwe and his hat-trick against Sri Lanka, but he did not provide the solution as the team’s fifth bowler.

. Vernon Philander 3
An early hamstring injury did not allow his game to take off. On batsman-friendly pitches, he was an easy target, and the gamble of including him in the starting line-up went badly wrong in the semifinal against New Zealand.

. Dale Steyn 4
Although his 11 wickets in eight games does not sound too bad, more was expected from him. He rarely swung the ball and was inconsistent. Is the end of his one-day career in sight?

. Morné Morkel 8
A revelation for the Proteas and took over the mantle as the leader of the bowling attack from Steyn. South Africa’s leading wicket taker (17), he did not have one bad game in what was probably his last World Cup.

. Imran Tahir 8
The leg spinner again underlined his value to South African cricket and how much he will be missed when he hangs up his boots. He took 15 wickets and consistently achieved important breakthroughs in the middle overs.

. Kyle Abbott 7
The selectors played fast and loose with this KwaZulu-Natal seamer, which probably cost the Proteas a place in the final. He hardly put a foot wrong when he had a chance to play – and impressed, especially with the consistent line and length of his bowling.

. Farhaan Behardien 4
A surprise inclusion ahead of the more experienced Ryan McLaren. With the exception of his brilliant innings against the United Arab Emirates, Behardien did not do enough to justify his selection. Missed a decisive catch against the Black Caps.

. Wayne Parnell 2
Had a nightmare match against India and was dropped. This versatile Eastern Cape cricketer could become an important player for the Proteas, but needs a season or so of first-class cricket to sort out his problems.

. Aaron Phangiso 0
Did not get a chance to play and often looked like a frustrated member of the touring party. An extra all-rounder or even a second wicket-keeper would have been a far more sensible choice.

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Eskom plans for a total blackout http://www.citypress.co.za/news/eskom-plans-for-a-total-blackout/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eskom-plans-for-a-total-blackout http://www.citypress.co.za/news/eskom-plans-for-a-total-blackout/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:00:43 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=159386 Eskom conducted a national simulation exercise this week to test how systems would function in the event of a national blackout.

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Eskom conducted a national simulation exercise this week to test how systems would function in the event of a national blackout.

City Press can reveal that, under the codename Exercise Breaking Dawn, the test took place on Monday to assess the country’s readiness in the event of a complete shutdown – this covered areas from emergency responses to how such a crisis would be communicated to the media and public.

The secret exercise involved the utility’s managers, operational staff and support staff who formed part of strategic command structures and divisional tactical command structures.

It was seen by some observers as a sign that Eskom was preparing itself for the worst-case scenario, something executives had been warning could happen if the country did not get its energy consumption under control.

Earlier this year, now suspended Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona told a closed meeting of 100 of South Africa’s top business leaders that his senior management “prays every day” that nothing unforeseen happens to collapse the national grid.

News of the simulation prompted the leader of the DA, Mmusi Maimane, to accuse government of keeping the country in the dark about its anticipation of a blackout.

However, government officials insist that running a a simulation exercise does not mean there is a blackout looming.

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Winston Ngozi’s family cry foul over tribute performances http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/winston-ngozis-family-cry-foul-over-tribute-performances/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=winston-ngozis-family-cry-foul-over-tribute-performances http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/winston-ngozis-family-cry-foul-over-tribute-performances/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:22:18 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=159283 The family of the late jazz saxophonist Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi claim they were never consulted about tribute performances set to take place at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, as well the iKapa Jazz Movement.

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The family of the late jazz saxophonist Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi claim they were never consulted about tribute performances set to take place at tonight’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival, as well the iKapa Jazz Movement tomorrow.

However, they are accused of being opportunistic.

Thulisile Ngozi, the younger brother of Winston and who runs the Winston Ngozi foundation, says he found out about a documentary on the late musician after seeing it on TV by chance. “I was watching SABC 2 when I saw Bra Winston performing in the documentary, which Mike Perry had done. And he [Perry] knows that there’s a Winston Ngozi foundation but never came to us.”

Thulisile said he called Perry to enquire when the work was done and Perry said “it was done in December 2014 … And I responded by saying we need to talk because we wouldn’t like it to be a situation where we are at war.”

Perry was puzzled when City Press called, saying “this is very upsetting.”

Winston’s music partner for many years said the documentary Thulisile referred to was actually about him (Perry), in which Winston was mentioned.

Perry added: “I’m surprised at the timing of Ngozi’s concerns. We were booked months ago and this has been a very well-advertised gig and yet a few hours from the show it’s an issue”

Perry pointed out that himself and Winston “were brothers”.

He explained: “If you look at the albums and songs you’ll see the credits read Ngozi / Perry. So we’ll be performing all the songs tonight, save for maybe Yakhal’ Inkomo which would be a great pity, because this was our life’s work and we have a right to it.”

Thulisile said the organiser of iKapa Jazz Movement were “some guys who decided to exploit Bra Winston and jumped on the bandwagon”.

He says iKapa Jazz organiser Sticks Mdidimba “told me that they don’t need permission from the family”.

Mdidimba explains: “Ngozi [Thulisile] received the iKapa Jazz Movement event poster as part of our mailing list late last week. He then proceeded to insult me on WhatsApp and my email. And when someone insults you, you become emotional and respond, so I responded and told him to get his facts straight.”

“iKapa Jazz Movement is not hosting any tribute. We are hosting – as we always do after every jazz fest – an after jazz party for the people of Langa,” Mdidimba continued.

Mdidimba said Thulisile was using this to settle personal vendettas.

The organisers of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival confirmed that they are not aware of the existence of any “dispute” with regard to the performance of a tribute by Perry to Winston.

The organisers also said that “neither the Ngozi family or the Foundation have been in contact with the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) or its representatives.”

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Marikana report to Zuma by Tuesday http://www.citypress.co.za/news/marikana-report-to-zuma-by-tuesday/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=marikana-report-to-zuma-by-tuesday http://www.citypress.co.za/news/marikana-report-to-zuma-by-tuesday/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:46:56 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=159248 The Farlam Commission of Inquiry is finalising its report into the events at Marikana and would hand it over to President Jacob Zuma before the end of March.

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The Farlam Commission of Inquiry is finalising its report into the events at Marikana and would hand it over to President Jacob Zuma before the end of March.

“We are still operating within our terms of reference which says it should be done by the end of the month, which is Tuesday,” commission’s secretary Phuti Setati said today.

“The commissioners are still finalising the report.”

Setati said the commissioners were in discussions with the presidency on how the report would be handed over.

“We haven’t yet got directions from the presidency on how we are going to present it.

“Once we’re done with the report, the work of the commission is done… then it’s no longer in our province whether the report is made public or not.”

The commission investigated the deaths of 44 people during strike-related violence at Lonmin’s platinum mining operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg, North West.

Thirty-four people, mostly striking mine workers, were shot dead in a clash with police, over 70 were wounded, and another 250 arrested on August 16 2012.

Police were apparently trying to disarm and disperse them.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including police officers and two security guards, were killed.

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Pics – Nigeria decides in tightly contested elections http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/pics-nigeria-decides-in-tightly-contested-elections/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pics-nigeria-decides-in-tightly-contested-elections http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/pics-nigeria-decides-in-tightly-contested-elections/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:44:16 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=159233 Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday (March 28 2015) in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa’s richest nation and its largest democracy.

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Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday (March 28 2015) in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa’s richest nation and its largest democracy. Above: People displaced following attacks by Islamist militants lineup for accreditation before casting their votes, in Yola, Nigeria. Picture: Sunday Alamba/AP An electoral officer attends to All Progressives Congress presidential candidate and Nigeria’s former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari as he verifies his voter’s card at a polling unit in Daura. Picture: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters Voters check their names on voters lists pasted on a wall at a polling unit in Daura. Picture: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters An elderly Nigerian woman validates her voting card using a fingerprint reader, prior to casting her vote, in the home town of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari. Picture: Ben Curtis/AP Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan addresses the media after his failed accreditation exercise in his ward in Otuoke, Bayelsa State. Picture: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters An electoral officer marks a voter’s thumb with ink after voters card verification at a polling unit at the start of general elections in Daura, northwest Nigeria. Akintunde Akinleye Nigerian women from the Hausa tribe queue to validate their voting cards, at a polling station located in an Islamic school in Daura. Picture: Ben Curtis/AP Nigerian women go through a security check as they enter the main mosque for Friday prayers in the capital Abuja, Nigeria on Friday. Boko Haram has used women and girls as young as 10 in its suicide bombing campaign that has killed hundreds. Picture: Jerome Delay/AP Jonathan and Buhari hug and shake hands after signing a renewal of their pledge to hold peaceful “free, fair, and credible” elections, at a hotel in the capital Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday. Unconfimed reports said Boko Haram stormed a village in north-eastern Nigeria in the early hours of Saturday, killing an unspecified number of people. Picture: Ben Curtis/AP

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http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/pics-nigeria-decides-in-tightly-contested-elections/feed/ 0 Nigeria vote 1 Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday (March 28 2015) in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa’s richest nation and its largest democracy. <b>Above</b>: People displaced following attacks by Islamist militants lineup for accreditation before casting their votes, in Yola, Nigeria. Picture: Sunday Alamba/AP Nigeria 2 An electoral officer attends to All Progressives Congress presidential candidate and Nigeria’s former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari as he verifies his voter’s card at a polling unit in Daura. Picture: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters Nigeria 3 Voters check their names on voters lists pasted on a wall at a polling unit in Daura. Picture: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters Nigeria 4 An elderly Nigerian woman validates her voting card using a fingerprint reader, prior to casting her vote, in the home town of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari. Picture: Ben Curtis/AP Nigeria 5 Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan addresses the media after his failed accreditation exercise in his ward in Otuoke, Bayelsa State. Picture: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters Nigeria 6 An electoral officer marks a voter’s thumb with ink after voters card verification at a polling unit at the start of general elections in Daura, northwest Nigeria. Akintunde Akinleye Nigeria 7 Nigerian women from the Hausa tribe queue to validate their voting cards, at a polling station located in an Islamic school in Daura. Picture: Ben Curtis/AP Nigeria 8 Nigerian women go through a security check as they enter the main mosque for Friday prayers in the capital Abuja, Nigeria on Friday. Boko Haram has used women and girls as young as 10 in its suicide bombing campaign that has killed hundreds. Picture: Jerome Delay/AP Nigeria 9 Jonathan and Buhari hug and shake hands after signing a renewal of their pledge to hold peaceful “free, fair, and credible” elections, at a hotel in the capital Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday. Unconfimed reports said Boko Haram stormed a village in north-eastern Nigeria in the early hours of Saturday, killing an unspecified number of people. Picture: Ben Curtis/AP
Car bomb blasts Nigerian poll station, no casualties http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/car-bomb-blasts-nigerian-poll-station-no-casualties/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=car-bomb-blasts-nigerian-poll-station-no-casualties http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/car-bomb-blasts-nigerian-poll-station-no-casualties/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:40:47 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=159219 Police say a car bomb exploded at a polling station in Nigeria’s south-central Enugu state but did not hurt people gathering to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call.

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Abuja – Police say a car bomb exploded at a polling station in Nigeria’s south-central Enugu state but did not hurt people gathering to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call.

State Police Commissioner Dan Bature says an anti-bomb squad detonated two other cars filled with improvised explosive devises at the scene at a primary school.

There was no claim of responsibility. The explosions occurred far from northeastern Nigeria, the centre of Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising.

Voters in the south of the country could determine who will win elections between front-runners President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

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