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Africa: The Bonds That Bind Us – Remembering Madiba in a Time of Global Fracture

“How can we bring a shared humanity back into the centre of justice?” Flowing from this question were other questions concerning how to effect protection of citizens, how to construct and manage social bonds across divisions and how to practice solidarity beyond borders, says Tsitsi Dangarembga.

This speech was delivered at the Nelson Mandela Foundation dialogue evening, in a panel titled The Bonds that Bind Us: Remembering Madiba in a Time of Global Fracture.

In the document outlining this year’s event, the Foundation posed the following question: “How can we bring a shared humanity back into the centre of justice?” Flowing from this question were other questions concerning how to effect protection of citizens, how to construct and manage social bonds across divisions and how to practice solidarity beyond borders.

These questions beg several further questions. The first is a question about the agent of action, who is to bring a shared humanity back into the centre of justice? In the context of the globe today, where we see increasing nationalism and other fracture lines, which are emphasised by a global pandemic that affects us all, the answer is: us. We are all citizens of this globe, and so all…


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