Prof. de Villiers said, “Discussions that have been taking place in the university, part of them being the falling of Rhodes, have brought [the introduction of the African philosophy syllabus] issue up. […] We are aware of the initiatives and discussions that were held by the Transformation Committee in the faculty, including response to the Rhodes Must Fall [campaign], which has influenced this discussion and they feel that they should give the [African philosophy syllabus] a chance. However, we want to do it right”.


A third-year BA student majoring in psychology and philosophy, Amanda Sabelo said, “As students in an African [institution] we are supposed to learn about [the] history of thought as it forms part of our identity as Africans and initiate[s] Afrocentrism. […] I do not talk about colonialism and reaction to white supremacy even though they play a role in understanding African philosophy, but we owe it to ourselves to have a school of thought of our own that represents us not only as strugglers but as intellectuals. Two philosophy lecturers have begun integrating African philosophy into second and third-year philosophy modules.”

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