Seeking the Ethical Foundations of the South African Nation is a relfection on almost three decades of our country's young democracy. Contributors, drawn from varied sectors of our society, discuss some of the ethical challenges facing South Africa today, with a view to identifying shared values to take us forward into a more equitable and just future.
This book is a culmination of a project of the the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), which included a conference held in 2016. Seeking the Ethical Foundations of the South African Nation records the contributions of the main speakers at that event - including Reuel Khoza, Yvonne Mokgoro, Malusi Mpumlwana and Sipho Pityana, among others - and aims to put these further into the public domain.
Since that conference, however, South Africa has been repeatedly shaken by the revelations of unethical conduct across the spectrum. Tens of billions of national revenue have been stolen or squandered. The discussions in these papers are thus more timely than ever. We have witnessed, at great cost, that the nation cannot thrive unless ethics are cemented into the foundations of our democracy. Seeking the Ethical Foundations of the South African Nation explores the values required to establish a state willing and capable of delivering the promises cherished at the the birth of our democracy.
The discussions in this book can have no end or neat answers. As South Africa glimpses a new, more hopeful horizon, it is MISTRA's hope that this publication will foster ongoing dialogue and partnerships across society that will help us to reach that distant height.