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Outrageous Sara Baartman ornaments on sale

Nearly 200 years has passed and 16 years after the end of Apartheid South Africa and still the exploitation of Sara Baartman continues. And where is this taking place? In a shop in Johannesburg were china ornaments of Sara Baartman’s body are on sale amongst household wares and “colonial throw-back domestic workers uniforms. This vile and outrageous act must be stopped. The creators, producers and shops selling these products must be challenged and stopped.

I dont have the name of the shop nor the link at present but as soon as I do I will post them and ask people to contact the shop to stop them from being sold.

Sokari Ekine
If anyone wishes to pursue this I believe the shop in question is”

The Space
Rosebank Mall, Rosebank Mall… See More
Oxford Road
011 327 3640


Thanks Gabrielle Le Roux for bringing this to our attention.

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  1. Leila

    I don’t think Chica Loca the brand mentioned above are responsible for it. They are a clothing label and I don’t think they would make something like that. Their website has no mention of them selling anything other than clothes and accessories. They also have their own Chica Loca shop next to The Space in Cape Town and they only sell clothes. The clothes in the background are definitely not “colonial throw-back domestic workers uniforms”.

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    @Leila – thanks for the clarification on this – I have therefore removed the reference to their shop and extend my apologies to them.

  3. Astonishing and similar to a train of thought I had myself. Is her family aware of this, one wonders?
    .-= Fungai Machirori´s last blog ..The black man’s burden =-.

  4. I wonder – is selling a statue of something always exploitation? Perhaps the manufacturer of these statues is celebrating Sara Baartman. She is a South African icon, and while she symbolises an horrific aspect of our past, is it not possible that now, so many years later, we could want to represent her, not as a scientific specimen, but as a beautiful woman. Her beautiful form deserving of being appreciated.

    Those statues are objects of beauty.