South Africans balance national identity with diverse cultural roots

In a country made up of so many diverse groupings, the ideal of a united South African national identity is a challenging concept.

There are many cultural groups or individuals organising themselves on the basis of shared common interests or identities. Is this fragmenting society further? Or is it possible to share a united South African identity, while still having another level of cultural reference as well.

702/Cape Talk's Koketso Sachane spoke to lecturer of African Literature at University of Witwatersrand, Dr Danai Mupotsa, regarding the matter.

Listen to the conversation below:

National unity assumes that we all have the same things to bring to the table. National unity needs to be much more rigorous, generous, generative attempt at making a claim on what it means to live together.

Dr Danai Mupotsa, lecturer at Wits University

This article first appeared on 702 : South Africans balance national identity with diverse cultural roots


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