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Storying Ubuntu as a rainbow nation

Wonke Buqa
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 36, No 2 | a1434 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v36i2.1434 | © 2015 Wonke Buqa | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 February 2015 | Published: 08 June 2015

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Wonke Buqa, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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South Africa is often referred to as the ‘Rainbow Nation’. This term was coined by Desmond Tutu during the advent of democracy in the country. Tutu stated: ‘They tried to make us one colour: purple. We say we are the rainbow people! We are the new people of the new South Africa!’ This article seeks to answer the question as to whether the Rainbow Nation is a true reflection of Ubuntu in South Africa or whether it is just idealism.


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