‘I stopped hating on the Rainbow Nation narrative’ – Rekgotsofetse Chikane explains why it’s the perfect metaphor for South Africa
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Rekgotsofetse Chikane chatted to David O’Sullivan on Kaya FM about his new book Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation.

The book is a first-hand account of the university protests that gripped South Africa between 2015 and 2017.

Chikane says despite the current backlash against the idea of the ‘Rainbow Nation’, he believes it describes South Africa accurately:

‘I stopped hating on the Rainbow Nation narrative, in fact I fell in love with it because I thought, this is actually the perfect metaphor for where South Africa is currently,’

Chikane says.

‘Anyone who’s seen a rainbow knows there’s seven colours that run in parallel, next to each other, into infinity. They never intersect, they never touch, and that explains our country.

‘We’ve become, as I explain in the book, united in our diversity without recognising our differences.’

Listen to the conversation:

Categories Non-fiction South Africa South African Current Affairs

Tags Breaking a Rainbow Building a Nation David O'Sullivan Pan Macmillan SA Podcasts Rekgotsofetse Chikane

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