Original Research - Special Collection: VukaniBantuTsohangBatho - Spirituality of Black Liberation

Poison in the bone marrow: Complexities of liberating and healing the nation

Puleng Segalo
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 76, No 3 | a6047 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v76i3.6047 | © 2020 Puleng Segalo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 April 2020 | Published: 25 November 2020

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Puleng Segalo, Department of Psychology, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


South Africa, like many other countries that have suffered through the brutality of colonisation and later apartheid, continues to grapple with ways of healing the scars that remain visible in its citizens’ bodies and psyches. These scars are both literal and figurative, and the impact thereof is felt daily, as people try to find ways of navigating the now-‘democratised’ and ‘liberated’ country. There is a persistent restlessness, as structural violence continues to affect members of society – especially those on the margins, struggling for survival each day. In her book, Reweaving the Soul of the Nation, Mmatshilo Motsei offers insights into ways of imagining the possibilities of reweaving people’s broken souls. Using Motsei’s reflections as a compass, this article offers insights into the challenges of colonialism and spirituality, and interrogates the complexities of what education means. The article concludes by proposing ways of moving towards the possibility of healing our wounded souls.

Contribution: This contribution forms part of the ‘VukaniBantuTsohangBatho collection on the Spirituality of Black Liberation’ and aims at honoring and celebrating the life and scholarly contributions of Vuyani Vellem. This article responds to the call by highlighting the role of spirituality in the reimagining of African lives and experiences.


Poison in the bone marrow: Complexities of liberating and healing the nation


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