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Storying Ubuntu as a rainbow nation

Wonke Buqa

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 36, No 2 (2015), 8 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v36i2.1434

Submitted: 20 February 2015
Published:  08 June 2015

Abstract

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

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