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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

About the author(s)

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


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.


Practical Theology


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