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Ubuntu

  • Sinikiwe MzezewaEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02006-4_927-1

Introduction

Ubuntu cannot be defined with precision, yet it forms part of uniquely South African jurisprudence. It is associated with how human beings ought to treat each other. Bennet (2018) argued that establishing a precise and definite meaning of ubuntu is impossible. In that light ubuntu can only be understood in its connotation, shades of meaning that are associative, expressive, attitudinal, and evaluative (Bennet 2018; Mokgoro 2012). It is something that can only be observed from the living experiences of indigenous black persons (Mokgoro 2012). In that light the connotation of ubuntu is expressed as group solidarity, conformity, compassion, respect, human dignity, humanistic orientation, and collective unity (Mokgoro 2012). It is understood as a concept that is deeply rooted in African indigenous societies (Gade 2011).

According to Bennet (2018), the underlying meaning of ubuntuis the right way of being a human being and being a human being through the community. Archbishop...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Commercial LawUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eila Jeronen
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of OuluTampereFinland