Ubuntu – “SA’s best weapon against the virus”

The government’s top coronavirus adviser, Prof Salim Abdool Karim, has told a leading international science journal that ubuntu is SA’s best protection against the virus. 

Karim told Nature:

  • “I think we are going to realise pretty soon that the best protection we have from this virus is ubuntu – a South African word that means ‘I am because you are’. I am safe because you are safe…..” 
  • With HIV “when people saw the deaths of those close to them, it pushed a change in behaviour”. 
  • “We as a country are built on the principle of ubuntu. We have to rediscover that, or we won’t defeat this virus.”