Why a loss of faith in South Africa's heroes may not be a bad thing

There is a loss of faith in South Africa's anti-apartheid heroes by the country's youth, as their legacies bear less currency in this generation.

This is according to Dr Dion Forster, Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Theology at Stellenbosch University, who describes this observations in The Conversation.

We are seeing that, particularly with younger activists and the generation known as the born-free generation, the legacy of these heroes bears less currency

Dr Dion Forster, Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Theology at Stellenbosch University

Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo, Dr Forster says that although there are South Africans who remember the courageous and revolutionary individuals the anti-apartheid heroes were in their younger days, it is of concern how the legacies of the likes of the late former President Nelson Mandela have been used in the country's political climate today.

What I feel a little uncomfortable with is when certain classes in society, particularly people who have privilege, begin to use these legacies to silence people are trying to stand against injustice

Dr Dion Forster, Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Theology at Stellenbosch University

Dr Forster says there is a distrust in powerful people in South Africa today, because of how textured people's views of them have become.

He argues that the more information people have about someone, the more textured their views of a person become.

It's almost as if people are losing faith in civil religion

Dr Dion Forster, Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Theology at Stellenbosch University

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