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us to discover the subterranean rivers on which the differei t weils draw. The discovery of this unifying source which affirms rather than denies the particular wells that constitute the multicultural reality of South Africa could unleash a source of spiritual energy capable of uniting and empowering the nation to face the challenges that await it. It is a source where the different religions, traditions, cultures and memories of South Africans encounter one another. It is a common source (allowing that all cultures and religions are not necessarily inherently the same) to the extent that it constitutes a common human quest for inspiration and a universal set of values and ideals that provide purpose and hope.

Freedom is forever unfinished

Eric Foner, the Columbian University historian who delivered the 34th T, B, Davie Memorial lecture at the University of Cape Town shortly after the South African election, reminded us that 'freedom is not achieved in a day, or once and forever'. Taking as his topic 'The Story of American Freedom', he then quoted Eric Wolf, a previous T, B, Davie lecturer; 'Freedom is a process that is forever unfinished.'®7

Finally, the South African liberation struggle is personified in the person of President Nelson Mandela. It is therefore appropriate to conclude this chapter with a quotation from his autobiography:

When I walked out of prison, that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both. Some say that has now been achieved. But I know that is not the case. The truth is we arc not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free, the right not to be oppressed. We have not taken the final step of our journey, but the first step on a longer and more difficult road.RS

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