PAMPHLET REVIEW

 

AN AFRICAN RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION OF APARTHEID

by Dr Yusufu Turaki

 

Printed by the Institute for Reformational Studies

 

What with the crumbling of the apartheid system and the commitment to a negotiated new political dispensation, the future South Africa in the African context is viewed by many with a mixture of fear, hope and indifference.

 

Turaki In his article asserts that 'any meaningful discussion about the future of South Africa in the African context must begin with the black experience of apartheid.' Turaki justifies this starting point by virtue of the many forms of oppression (which he identifies) suffered by black people as a result of the apartheid system.

 

He perceives that the three relevant issues in the black reaction to apartheid are race, land and the African conception of authority and freedom. Turaki calls the historical root that gives rise to these issues the ‘marriage between Dutch  Reformed Churches and the legacy of race consciousness.’

 

By looking at the social characteristics and consequences of the apartheid system in the South African social order, Tukari brings the Christian conscience into question. He suggests some basic principles of Christian social thought (the personal principle and the social principle). He substantiates these by theological concepts.  From these principles he derives theological norms for justice, equality, freedom, respect for individuality and responsibility to God, participation and sustainability. He relates the norms to the legacy of apartheid, revealing areas where Christians need to repent and influence the future of the new South Africa in the spirit of a renewed conscience.

 

Despite the crumbling of the apartheid evil as a political, economic and social legal structure, it’s still very much alive in the hearts and minds of this nation’s Christians during their day-to-day activities and conversations of life. If we claim to live under His cosmic Lordship and desire to bring His redemptive presence into the lives of others, we also need to be renewed in our thinking and living concerning the future of the new South Africa. This pamphlet is a stimulant to that end.

 

Colin Lamb.

 

Colin Lamb obtained a degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Durban 1n 1991. His theologicak studies at George Whitfield College in Kalk Bay were interrupted by a midyear army call up.

 

Many to Many Issue 3 February 1993

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