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Is Reconciliation Even the Right Word? There is a somewhat popular line of thought among social justice advocates that we should drop the use of the word reconciliation altogether. There never was, the argument goes, a time in which white and black existed in any kind of united or harmonious relationship in South Africa, and…

(This article was first published on the Hope City Presbyterian website on 25 February 2016) Unless you’re hiding under a rock you’ve probably seen some sort of media coverage of the racial tensions and violence at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State. You’ve seen scenes of hatred, frustration, aggression, and…

Over the last few years, South Africa has been exposed to frequent acts of violence, many of which have been politically or racially motivated. From the white man who beat a black domestic worker claiming he thought she was a prostitute, to the pummelling of black students who interrupted a rugby match at the University…