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South Africa: President’s Remarks on Promoting Ubuntu (Humanity)
Source: Issued by: The Presidency
Source Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Jan 24, 2013

This is not to say that animals should not be loved or cared for. The message merely emphasised the need not to elevate our love for our animals above our love for other human beings. He emphasised the need is to preserve that which is good in certain cultures and avoid adopting practices that are detrimental to building a caring African society.
More than that, the essential message from the President was the need to decolonise the African mind post-liberation to enable the previously oppressed African majority to appreciate and love who they are and uphold their own culture. They should not feel pressured to be assimilated into the minority cultures, he said. He underlined the need to begin promoting the culture of the majority, African culture, within the diversity of South African society, as part of building a new society following the attainment of political freedom.
The President’s view is that as we move towards the second phase of socio-economic freedom, cultural freedom should not be left behind.
It is unfortunate that the journalists concerned chose to report the comments in a manner that seeks to problematise them instead of promoting a debate about deconstruction and decolonisation of the mind as part of promoting reconciliation, nation building, unity and social cohesion.
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