Once More uBuntu: A Reply to Radebe and Phooko

Keywords: ubuntu, constitution, legal philosophy


This article is a critical engagement with the most recent contribution to the debate on the nature and content of ubuntu. The contribution (by Radebe and Phooko) attempts to provide the concept of ubuntu with substantive content in order for the concept to provide legal solutions for legal problems. This article shows how this attempt largely fails for three reasons. In the first place because some of the suggested rules are social/moral rules that cannot be enforced by law. In the second place because other rules are already contained in common law, legislation or case law. In the third place the remaining rules are arguably either unconstitutional or inappropriate in an open and democratic society. The conclusion is that the suggested rules are not appropriate in an open society.





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How to Cite
Kroeze, I. (2020). Once More uBuntu: A Reply to Radebe and Phooko. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 23, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2020/v23i0a8048