Sarah Baartman grave plaque defaced

File: A cast of Saartjie Baartman, the "Venus Hottentot", in the Museum of Man, Paris, January 31, 2002. A group of men smeared white paint on a memorial plaque to Baartman in Eastern Cape. Photo: AFP Photo / Francois Guillot

RUSTENBURG - Another memorial has been defaced, this time in the Eastern Cape.

The Sarah Baartman centre of remembrance in Hankey has been vandalised.

A resident notified police after he saw several men smearing white paint on the plaque.

A case of malicious damage to property has been opened.

No arrests have yet been made.

Baartman was a Khoi woman born in the late 1700s in the Gamtoos Valley.

In her early 20s, she was persuaded by an English ship's doctor to travel to England.

She was told she would make a fortune.

Instead, she was exhibited as an anthropological freak because of her large buttocks.

Her remains have since been repatriated and are buried at the centre.

Her grave was declared a national heritage site in 2002.

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