From AllAfrica.com. South Africa Bitter Battle of the Burqa Breaks Out Between Authors.
A battle over the burqa or Muslim veil had two award-winning women authors so enraged at a writers' conference in Durban that one of them stormed out in anger.
The "ugly" public spat between Egyptian feminist author Nawal el Saadawi and South African writer Rayda Jacobs - both panellists at the Durban International Literary Festival - ended with Jacobs leaving the room.
The row was sparked when a member of the audience at Durban's Diakonia Centre asked whether Muslim women wear the veil by choice or not.