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Check Out SMITH Jewellery Irresistible Spring/Summer 2017 Collection Grafica

Designer Anna Raimondo of SMITH Jewellery launches her Spring/Summer 2017 jewellery collection – Grafica. And we’re totally loving it!

From smartphones to public buildings, the modernist aesthetic is all around. Now, fine jewellery, too, like so many areas of contemporary art is going back to basics.


In the Grafica collection, the South Africa-based jewellery brand SMITH takes a more minimalistic approach towards design. Still keeping a sophisticated and clean look, this collection doesn’t feature the typical large earrings or statement necklaces you would see in Smith’s previous jewellery collections. However, it resonates more to an elegant and uncomplicated design that may look simple, but speak volumes.

Speaking about the collection, the designer Anna Raimondo who once studied luxury design in Richemont Group’s Creative Academy in Milan worked at Chloé comments “I designed these pieces to be subtle enough to wear every day but still visually striking enough to make a statement when worn,” says Anna Raimondo, the force behind SMITH Jewellery, of the new collection Grafica. “Most of the pieces are mismatched or can be worn various ways, so that the wearer can adapt the jewellery to her own needs.”

This exciting new collection comprises of jewels that are made in brass and silver. These colours, symbolising male and female energies respectively, the sun and the moon, luxury, wealth and wisdom, are combined to create eye-catching and elegant earrings, chokers, pendants, bangles and rings that are quite simply the perfect eye-catching addition to summer that every woman needs.

“I wanted to work with the gold and silver colours in the designs to make the pieces more versatile for the wearer,” says Anna. The colour differentiation is emphasised by the choice to mix square and round wire along with simple geometric shapes.”

The Grafica collection will speak to women who love elegant, uncomplic uncomplicated, designs with an edgy twist. These women are confident, passionate, light-hearted and optimistic.

You can find the latest collection on SMITH’s website. Shop Here

In the mean time, have a look at the gallery below for the jewellery collection:

SMITH Hand cut and fabricated sterling silver studs with brass rod drops.
Hand cut and fabricated sterling silver choker with brass dot and extender chain
Hand cut and fabricated sterling silver and brass studs

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Photo Credit: SMITH Jewellery

Jack Shainman Gallery Presents 2 Solo Exhibitions of Meleko Mokgosi

Jack Shainman Gallery has announced that it will be be dedicating two solo exhibitions that will feature new work by artist Meleko Mokgosi. The first exhibition “Comrades II” will be open at 24th Street gallery while “Lerato” is on view at the gallery’s 20th Street location. Both are distinct chapters from Democratic Intuition (2014-present), a body of work initially exhibited at the ICA Boston in 2015. “Comrades II” continues Mokgosi’s examination of the historical, aesthetic and conceptual links between southern African liberation movements and communism, while “Lerato” is centered on the concepts of allegory and lerato, the Setswana word that roughly translates as “love.” The art exhibition will be accompanied by written text with imagery in a series of large-scale paintings.

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Art Exhibition Details:

In Democratic Intuition the artist poses questions about how one can approach ideas of the democratic, founded on the simultaneous recognition of alterity and ipseity, in relation to the daily-lived experiences of the subjects that occupy southern Africa. Together, these chapters seek to uncover the manner in which individuals invest intense emotional energy into others and objects and how these investments play out in relation to the democratic.

In “Comrades II”, Mokgosi pays close attention to the ways in which language was used to articulate the fight for freedom and questions how the idea of democracy continues to shape the current state of citizens’ experience and reciprocation of democracy. The exhibition’s title engages the term “comrade,” with its political resonance and implication of egalitarianism, supposedly cutting across gender, racial, ethnic, and class lines. In southern African liberation movements and politics, comrade was specifically used to refer to members of particular parties. In the context of this exhibition, Mokgosi employs the term to complicate its supposed equalizing force.

“Lerato”, produced over a two-year period, was developed around ideas of allegory and lerato (love) and inspired by William-Adolphe Bouguereau‘s paintings as a compositional case study. Mokgosi’s impetus was to experiment with visual and narrative strategies that did not depend on sequential expectations. For Mokgosi, a viewer cannot help but be cognizant of the method of reading and interpretation at the moment he or she begins to engage with any allegorical narrative (whether visual or textual). As a “narrative whose outward appearance is contrived to suggest a hidden meaning” – allegories always involve a re-writing or re-imagining of preexisting texts. Added to this inquiry, and perhaps more importantly, is the unacknowledged fact that William-Adolphe Bouguereau produced paintings, such as The Motherland (1883), during the Scramble for Africa at the turn of the 20th century. Mokgosi expands even more his perspective as to how the grand narratives of history can be unsettled through the concept of historicity:

Broadly speaking, historicity strategically argues that history is not something that happens, but as something that unfolds in different directions yet folds the subject into these multiple directions. History, then, is not an event or collections of events, but rather a number of “unfoldings” that bear the mark of things before. So I tend to think of history as something that is always already present. And language plays a key part too, which is why I did not want to translate the word lerato. My reservation about translation has to do with the fact that translation—as a process that tries to close the gap between two languages—is based on Western conventions (here anthropological, there ethnographic) of reality, representation and knowledge. Beyond these old politics within history, the words love and lerato differ in that the Setswana word is commonly used as a proper noun for women. The same cannot be said for the word love, which although poetic, is limited to every other world except for the one in which it can be used daily as a proper noun to summon a mother’s child.  Lerato is compelling to me because it is not an abstract and poetic concept that is supposedly opaque and fleeting, but rather it is as concrete as any human subject. Meleko Mokgosi

The Jack Shainman gallery exhibition will be open until October 22 2016.

Meleko Mokgosi
Lerato and Comrades II
Date:  8 – October 22, 2016  

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African Art Guide: Don’t Miss Tyburn Gallery’s Exhibition of Mohau Modisakeng

Mohau Modisakeng: Bophirima
10 June – 17 September
Preview: Thursday 9th June, 6-8:30pm
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Mohau Modisakeng, Endabeni 2, 2015. Inkjet print, 150 x 200 cm. Copyright the artist, Courtesy Tyburn Gallery.

Tyburn Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Mohau Modisakeng.

This is the first time the London-based gallery is hosting the South African artist.

The press release states that Modisakeng is one of the most promising young South African artists today. His practice reflects both upon the political and his own personal experiences of growing up in Apartheid and Post-Apartheid South Africa, with central themes which revolve around violence, labour, security and ritual.

The artist who initially trained as a sculptor, uses the technique of the self-portrait – through large-scale photographs, performance and video installations – to address issues such as his own identity and the political processes within his country. He uses his body to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history, creating powerful and poetic invocations where the body is transformed into a poignant marker of collective history. Modisakeng explains: “The real work for me is in relating the visual signs and symbols of the abstract – be it in music or in my dreams – into a narrative that resonates with the collective social experience.” 

The exhibition is titled Bophirima from the artist’s mother tongue Setswana, meaning West or where the sun sets, also meaning twilight or before dusk. In two new series of photographic self-portraits, Endabeni and Ga Etsho, Modisakeng reflects on the legacy of colonialism and its effect on post-independence societies in Africa. The social, political and economic systems inherited from colonial rule have remained entrenched, with the result that the lives of most of the population, other than those of the new elites, have not changed markedly.  Economic resources continue to be in control of a small minority, with the overwhelming majority of people struggling to make a living in a climate in which the odds remain stacked against them.

In South Africa, Apartheid has left an ongoing legacy of political corruption which has hampered efforts to address historical injustices. Levels of economic inequality remain among the worst in the world, a situation which has worsened in the face of mass unemployment and poor economic growth. Widespread poverty and the failure to redress the injustices of the past have contributed to an environment in which anxiety, unrest and conflict predominate. The ethnic, political and social tensions caused by centuries of colonial rule are being exploited by competing political forces seeking to gain or maintain access to the mostly exploitative profits resulting from a growing global appetite for African commodities.

Bophirima will be the first solo exhibition of Mohau Modisakeng in the UK.

Mohau Modisakeng was born in Soweto, Johannesburg in 1986 and lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town.  He studied at Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town.

The artist has exhibited his art widely and has won multiple awards. In 2016 he was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art, the most prestigious award in Africa.  Modisakeng’s work has been exhibited at Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2015); MoCADA, New York (2015); Museum of Fine Art, Boston (2014); 21C Museum, Kentucky, Massachusetts (2014); IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2014); Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); and the Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012), among others.

He has contributed to the group exhibition of the South African pavilion at the 56thVenice Biennale (2015). His works form part of large public collections, such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, the Saatchi Gallery and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA).

African Footwear Store Tread+Miller Presents a Classic AW16 Collection

South African men with style can now get ready to have more options to shop their favourite shoe brands with new urban footwear store Tread + Miller.


After launching in August 2015, the opening of their Mall of Africa store will bring the number of Tread+Miller stores in South Africa to a total of 13. With each season bringing new mood, every pair in Tread+Miller’s AW16 collection embodies quality and detail according to the brand’s press release.

Tread+Miller carters to the gentleman, the fashion forward, the modern minimalist, the cool kid, the urban man – that is to say that all will find a pair of shoes among the latest styles in the range that is characterised by textures, leather and luxe finishes, and a palette of tan, navy and jewel tones. The men’s footwear brands you can find in the store are Sebago, Caterpillar, adidas, Superga and Sperry, as well as Crockett & Jones and Arthur Jack.

For women there is a smaller, but equally stylish, range that includes Rare Earth, Sperry and Caterpillar. For the AW16 collection, they introduce three new range of styles: Chelsea, chukka and brogue boots. A throwback to the Beatles and Chelsea’s mods in the ’60s, the new Chelsea boots have a slimmer fit to give office suits street cred. Chukka boots are more rugged and come in a range of colours in suede and full grain leather, making them just the thing to wear with jeans or chinos. Brogue boots, as the name indicates, combine the recognisable hole detail of brogues with the sturdiness of boots, which means that they can go back and forth between the office and a weekend in the country with ease.

Other new arrivals include Caterpillar’s Conrad suede boots that have a white sole and green laces, a breakaway from the brand’s rugged appearance; Sebago wingtips (yes, they do more than boat shoes) and Superga sneakers designed to become all-weather essentials. New in the women’s section are Caterpillar leather riding boots, Rare Earth lace-up ankle boots and Sperry canvas sneakers in a choice of navy and white. Will there be anything but shoes? Since Tread+Miller is all about shoes, they stock all the necessary shoe care items such as brushes, polish and leather food. Plus, you can have your shoes shined in store. You’ll also find all the accessories you need in their variety of leather wallets and belts, as well as a leather bag range, including a stylish messenger bag, laptop bag and roller travel bag.

You can join Tread+Miller at the opening of their next stop in Cape Town in Cavendish Square on 1 June 2016.

Take a look through the gallery to see some of the quality leather items offered at Tread + Miller.

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You can shop the collection at treadandmiller.co.za.

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Events! Tyburn Gallery Presents Michele Mathison: Uproot | 5 February – 19 March 2016

Michele Mathison is set to showcase latest works at London’s Tyburn Gallery in February.

The South African-born artist uses various materials to transform everyday objects into powerful artistic declarations. Informed by his own migratory experience, living primarily in South Africa and Zimbabwe, his sculptures and installations form a visual language commenting on both the personal and political.

This exhibition brings together tools, objects and symbols that shape cultural and political identity in South Africa and Zimbabwe. The art showcase aims to form a conversation on themes of labour and migration, a visual narrative of Sub-Saharan Africa’s collective concerns.

Find an excerpt of the press release and info below:


In Plot, maize plants intricately crafted in steel form a visual field in the gallery. As the staple food of the region, small plots of land planted with maize are a regular sight in rural and urban surroundings. Placed out of context and devoid of function, the inherent monumentality of the crop is revealed, intensified by the ornateness of the sculpture and hardness of the metal used; it is at once an inviting image of domestic survival and a definitive, if decorative, boundary within the space. The work becomes a sculptural expression for universal concerns such as migration, land ownership and cultivation, whilst providing a metaphor for the cycle of life.


Archetypal stone-carved Zimbabwe birds in the series Chapungu, Shiri yedenga (sky bird) are reinterpreted in cast iron and placed on wooden gum poles providing a modern day perch. Emblematic of the country’s history and identity, the birds are layered with political and spiritual connotations.

Originally created by the Shona people for the walled city of Great Zimbabwe, during the 13th and 14th centuries, it is believed that the birds were used to communicate with ancestral spirits, the cornerstone of Shona religious belief. The carvings were removed by British colonisers and treasure hunters during the later part of the 19th century. Under the patronage of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes, several of the birds were taken to South Africa – only to be repatriated to Zimbabwe following independence in 1980. Rhodes himself tried to use the birds as evidence of some kind of Phoenician or Egyptian pre-colonisation.

The works become not solely a comment on movement across cultural and national borders, but also the manipulation of patriotic and personal identity by the physical, often brutal, uprooting and repatriation of historical symbols.

The exhibition also includes a wall-relief work, Lost ground, which recalls the beginnings of cultivation, or destruction and construction. This once again references how the artist plays between ideas of nurture and growth, whilst reminding us of the violence often associated with the appropriation of a country’s mineral resources.

Born in South Africa, Michele Mathison lived in Italy and Mozambique before spending most of his childhood in Zimbabwe. He studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa (1997-2000) and spent the following years living between Cape Town, Harare and Bulawayo, before moving to Johannesburg where he now lives and works.


Michele Mathison has done solo shows as well as group exhibitions which include: Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London (2015); You Love Me, You Love Me Not, Municipal Gallery, Almeida Garrett, Porto (2015); African Odysseys, Brass, Brussels (2015); Nirox Sculpture, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, (2014) and Dudziro, Zimbabwe Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013). His work is included in the collection of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA).

Exhibition Info

Title:                            Michele Mathison

Address:                      Tyburn Gallery, 26 Barrett Street, London, W1U 1BG

Telephone:                  +44 (0)20 3388 0540

Website:                      www.tyburngallery.com

Dates:                          5 February – 19 March 2016

Private View:                Thursday 4 February 2016, 6 – 8PM

Opening Hours:           Tuesday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM, Saturday 10AM – 5PM

Admission:                   Free

Nearest Tube:              Bond Street


For information please contact: info@tyburngallery.com

Mohau Modisakeng Wins 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist Award

South African artist Mohau Modisakeng has won the  2016 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts. Modisakeng works predominately across sculpture and photography, performance and video and he has been recognised for his dynamic and outstanding contribution to the vitality of visual arts in South Africa.


Born in Soweto in 1986,Mohau Modisakeng’s ambitious and compelling use of metaphor and material has awarded him solo exhibitions at Kunstraum, Innsbruck and Chavonnes Battery Museum, Cape Town. Group shows include Saatchi Gallery, London; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; GIPCA Live Art Festival, City Hall, Cape Town and Focus 11, Basel. Modisakeng’s work can be seen in major public and private collections, such as Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, SAATCHI Gallery, London and IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town. Recently, Modisakeng participated in What remains is tomorrow, curated by Christopher Till and Jeremy Rose for the South African Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale, 2015.

Some important past winners of the award include William Kentridge, Athi-Patra Ruga, Pieter Hugo, Wim Botha among many others. The works of Mohau Modisakeng will be featured on the Main Programme of the 2016 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, which will run from 30 June-10 July 2016.

Superga Unveils First-ever Collaboration with African Designer Chu Suwannapha to Celebrate Africa

Chu Suwannapha has designed a collection in collaboration with Superga shoe brand.superga-collaboration-Chu-TheGlowingColours-fashion

Known for working with top design houses such as Versace, Rodarte and Liberty of London, Superga has signed on for its first-ever collaboration with an African designer.

The Italian fashion sneaker company reached out to Chu Suwannapha, a Cape Town-based designer of Thai descent known in the African fashion circle as “The Prince of Prints,” designing under his own label Chulaap, to create a collection that “celebrates Africa.” This is how Superga X Chulaap came into existence. The collection will consist of three styles: The classic 2750 featuring a colourful Ndebele print, the 2790 monochromatic “AFRO POP” platform sneaker with a CHULAAP flavour and the 2311 slip-on featuring an African wax origami print – a nod to Chu’s Thai heritage.

According to Chu himself “The collaboration is inspired by African street art and culture, combined with Oriental influences. I designed three different Chulaap prints and worked with three existing Superga basic styles. It was like painting on a blank canvas.”

The marketing manager of Superga South Africa Katy Ward also emphasised the importance of risk taking when it comes to style in Africa. She said “At Superga we wanted to do something outstanding that appeals to those willing to take a risk with their personal sense of style, designs that would not only resonate with South Africans but cause a stir with international fashion watchers, too.”

Chu Suwannapha currently holds the role of fashion director for one of South Africa’s largest media groups, Media24 and is not ready to give it up despite his popularity in the fashion industry.

“I’m taking it very slow while I’m still working full time as a fashion director,” he admitted. “I’m keeping this business very small. I don’t want to go too big too soon.”

“I am a big fan of the Superga brand,” says Chu Suwannapha, a fixture of the fashion scene for his striking electric and African inspired style.


”Designing your own shoe collection is any designer’s biggest dream and I simply could not pass up the opportunity Superga offered me to collaborate.”

The Superga collection will be available for purchase to all international licensees of Superga for sale in-store and online.

It is reported that Superga will seek more collaborations with African designers in the future.

We’re looking forward to sharing the collections here.

Apply Now! Win a Spot at the Ambiente Trade Show in Germany (February 2016)

Save money and time! Check out this exciting opportunity to showcase your talent and business on an international level. Apply now!!!
Submit your application for participation in the trade show Ambiente which takes place in Frankfurt, Germany. Ambiente is the world’s most important consumer goods trade fair for Dining, Giving and Living bringing business partners, ideas and success together at one location.

Dates: 12-16 February 2016


To Apply for Ambiente trade show:

  1. Click here to download the Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS) application form.
  2. Complete the SSAS form and supply this to us with all the necessary supporting documents – click here to complete your application and to upload files. To facilitate efficient uploads please keep uploads under 500KB, to compress your documents, click here.
  3. Applications must be completed and submitted by the 21 August 2015. No late applications will be considered.

This electronic application process saves you time, money and prevents you needing to supply original and certified documents. If, shortlisted you will be required to deliver hard copies of your application to the Cape Craft and Design Institute, 2nd Floor, 37 Barrack Street, Cape Town, 8000 within five working days of notification.

Costs: If selected for a trade show, a participation fee of R2 500 is payable to the CCDI within 5 working days of receipt of CCDI invoice for administrative services.

Freight: The maximum billable weight is 100Kgs per applicant. All freight will be sent via a DA65, which means everything that is sent to the trade show must return to SA (Must have an importer number) – no stock can be sold or left behind as it would contravene the terms of the freight method and an individual enterprise will be accountable to the law for this.

Travel costs and arrangements: Flights are booked to arrive on the day of setup and depart directly after the event, these are the rules of the dti scheme – the dates are not negotiable.

Requirements: All successful participants must supply high resolution images of their products and text for buyer’s guides. They will also need to complete and submit an exhibitor’s sales report, the contact list, the 6 months report, plus any other reports required by the dti.

If you are selected, SSAS will provide funding for the following: 100% of the costs of return flights; HS Code on products to be exhibited (this can be obtained by companies on or www.cargoinfo.co.za); 100% of the rental of the stand; 100% of the cost of accommodation; 100% of the costs related to the transport of the product to tradeshow and back (maximum 100kg).

Selection Process:

Applications are sent for adjudication.

CCDI makes recommendations from the shortlist and the dti/Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA) makes the final section.

Only 10 – 20 participants will be selected. The outcome of your application will be communicated in due course. Selection is based on a scoring system and specific criteria (see below).

Selection for this event is based on the following criteria: Event Organiser’s Feedback | Product suitability | Pricing structures | Production capacity | Record keeping systems | Business and Export Training | Turnover | Number of employees | PDI/HDI | Business Age | Number of SSAS Exhibitions | SA National | Local % | Export Experience


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Jackie Burger Launches Salon 58 Soirée No. 3: A Celebration of His-and-Hers Style

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African fashion industry figure, Jackie Burger is the owner of Salon 58, South Africa’s first salon and a place where creatives and visionaries can come together to dream, collaborate and create. Jackie Burger ’s fashion-forward and inspiring venture was a perfect fit for the third Salon 58 soirée entitled Noir. Guests were dressed in black giving the atmosphere a sombre feel, thanks to the beautifully sunny Stellenbosch Saturday (20 June) and the sparkling conversation which took place at the P.J Olivier Art Centre.
“The conversations and collaborations were curated to reignite an appreciation of detail, to slow down the senses in preparation for a darker and more sensuous mood. In our crazy lives, it is necessary to become reacquainted with the spellbinding mystique of a women in the simplest of black dresses and the unsolicited gesture of adjusting his tie – one that was chosen with care – and finding the value in small things that show the greatest care,” said Burger of the day’s programme.
Noir was the first event catering for women and men, and Neil Doveton of Mr Doveton opened the afternoon with a He Says, She Says conversation with Jackie Burger about menswear and what constitutes the male equivalent of the LBD (a black or navy suit, he believes). The event included masterclasses on haircare and men’s grooming with Dawid Kriel of Institute Aesthetic in conjunction
with Australian skincare brand Aesop. This was followed by fashion showcase of bespoke suit and  performance at the Jazz Salon. Guests enjoyed delicacies specially for the Noir soirée and glasses were kept topped up with the 2010 Graham Beck Blanc de Blanc. Guests were also were treated to a very entertaining and surprise cocktail tasting by Kalmoesfontein’s Adi Badenhorst who introduced their Caperitif, a 100% South African vermouth made from ingredients such as fynbos, kalmoes and naartjie. The event didn’t end without some shopping in the Salon 58 gallery boutique.
A date has been set for the next Salon 58’s soirée, themed “Lovely”, in celebration of women in Women’s Month. It will take place on Saturday 15 August.
Check out fab photos from the event below.
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Nigeria Recalls Envoy To South Africa Over Attacks On Immigrants

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Nigeria recalled its ambassador to South Africa on Saturday in the latest sign of African countries’ discontent at Pretoria’s handling of attacks on immigrants.

Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke had been asked to return to Nigeria for consultations, a statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

“The invitation is in connection with the on-going xenophobia in South Africa targeting foreigners, mainly African migrants,” the statement said.


7 people have been killed in attacks on migrants since March 20, when Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini spoke out against foreign workers.

“Let us pop our head lice,” he said. “We must remove ticks and place them outside in the sun. We ask foreign nationals to pack their belongings and be sent back.”

He has since said those remarks were taken out of context and that he opposes violence. Earlier this week Nigeria summoned South Africa’s high commissioner over the unrest as protesters packed in the South African embassy in Lagos. A Nigerian group has called for the International Criminal Court to investigate Zwelithini for “hate speech”.

South Africa has deployed troops to try to stop the violence, after criticism by nations including China and Zimbabwe for failing to protect their citizens against armed mobs. South African firms such as mobile phone giant MTN and supermarket chain Shoprite have significant interests in Nigeria, which is Africa’s biggest economy.


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