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South African Women Hold Mini-Skirt March to Protest Harassment 

GETTY(JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) -- Hundreds of women, led by the ruling party's Women's League, marched in Johannesburg to protest the harassment of two women who wore mini-skirts at a taxi rank in December.

Johannesburg streets were paralyzed as women, some wearing mini-skirts, held placards and danced in the streets to support women's rights to choose their clothing. The march was in protest of the groping and harassment of two women by men at the Noord Street  taxi rank in December.

Women's Minister Lulu Xingwana threatened to close the taxi rank if similar incidents occurred, reports BBC News.

One protestor told BBC: "Each time when you go to the taxi rank to get into the taxi, you are always abused and harassed, so we feel it is not fair,” she said. "This is a free country, we have a right to wear whatever we want, nobody must stop us."

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ANC Celebrates 100 Years

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG) -- South Africa's ruling political party, the African National Congress (ANC) celebrates its centenary on Sunday.

The South African Native National Congress, which later became the ANC, was started on 8 January 1912 and became the ruling party in 1994 following the end of apartheid in South Africa. A majority of the celebrations will take place in Bloemfontein where the political party first began.

The former President and ANC party member Nelson Mandela, 93, has been ill and is not expected to attend.

As ANC turns 100, South Africa faces increasing unemployment, inadequate housing and a marked economic inequality of its citizens.

Celebrations to mark the event began on Friday and will conclude on Sunday where President Jacob Zuma will light the Centenary Torch at Wesleyan Church in Bloemfontein or Mangaung, as the city is known in the Sesotho language.

The torch will then be transported to the city's stadium where Zuma is scheduled to give a speech at a ceremony which will be attended by an estimated 100,000 people.

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