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Decolonisation and renewed racism: A challenge and opportunity for reconciliation?

Christoffel H. Thesnaar
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a3838 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.3838 | © 2017 Christoffel H. Thesnaar | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 August 2016 | Published: 30 June 2017

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Christoffel H. Thesnaar, Department of Practical Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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The university campuses across South Africa have recently been challenged by significantstudent protests concerning issues such as the abolishment of study fees, aspects ofdecolonisation and language policies, to name but a few. This contribution will briefly reflecton these challenges by engaging with the narrative of decolonisation. An area of particularfocus is whether reconciliation is still relevant within the current South African context, giventhe nature of the issues driving the university protests. This contribution will attempt toprovide some recommendation for public theologians to engage with these challenges in aresponsible way in their endeavour to be advocates for sustainable peace and reconciliation.


Decolonization; coloniality; racism; reconciliation; Public theologians


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