Xenophobia In South Africa Shows A Disconnect With Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a southern African ethical concept that suggests that humanity is interdependent. Rooted in a sense of community, ‘ubuntu’ means that we are people through other people. South Africa pushes a strong rhetoric of ubuntu, for example the way Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu used it to substantiate rainbowism.

While South Africans claim the concept of ubuntu, we also display disturbingly xenophobic undercurrents, which emerged in 2008. And they keep resurfacing. Over the last couple of weeks we have seen a resurgence in xe