It is interesting that Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka it her capacity as the Executive Director of the UN Women (Cape Times page 11 Friday 9th May) should take such a special interest in the kidnapping of the 200 school girls in Nigeria. It is obviously a tragedy and a miscarriage of justice that the Nigerian regime is unable or unwilling to deal with internal strife. The Nigerian government’s ineptitude has now become a global issue.

What is interesting is that, in all the years I have never read or heard Phumzile Ngcuka condemn the South African scenario where thousands of young children and women are raped and murdered every year. As I former leader of the South African government one would half expect that she focusses her energy on her motherland where atrocious crimes against women and children are worse than in Nigeria.

While we all condemn what is happening in Nigeria, what is happening in South Africa is worse. Jumping onto the Boko Haram bandwagon is not going to help us down south unless we adhere to the adage that charity begins at home.

Cllr Yagyah Adams

Cape Muslim Congress