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16 May 2008

Umntu Ngumntu Ngabantu - preview

Jeremy Routledge & Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge look at some of the causes of misery across the world and find hope for the future

'Umntu Ngumntu Ngabantu' translates from isiZulu as 'a person is a person through other people'
  • Ubuntu is the African equivalent of the golden rule – 'In everything do to others as you would have them do unto you; for that is the law and the prophets'
  • Ubuntu emphasises the communal and globalised aspect of the rule

  • The denial of rights to the black population in South Africa under apartheid denied and undermined the full humanity and security of the white population
  • The Bill of Rights in the South African constitution states: 'The State may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth'
  • It goes on to say: 'Everyone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected', and: 'Everyone has the right to life'
  • If others are discriminated against then my life is affected, if the dignity of others is disrespected, then my dignity is disrespected, if the lives of others are threatened then my life is threatened

  • Jeremy Routledge & Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge

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