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Gareth van Onselen Discusses How Culture can Clash with Democracy (Video)

Holy CowsInsig hosted Gareth van Onselen recently to chat about his latest book, Holy Cows.

Van Onselen speaks about how initiation – from a Springbok Rugby context to the Eastern Cape – is a taboo subject, and the different meanings of respect in South Africa, especially as relating to Brett Murray’s The Spear.

“Because South Africa is such a diverse society with so many different cultural elements to it,” Van Onselen says, “there’s a great range of practices and beliefs that are not always entirely compatible with a new democratic order and a Bill of Human Rights.”

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