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SA does need cleansing ceremony - Ramphele

Dr Mamphela Ramphele says the country does need a cleansing ceremony but it should be meaningful.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele says the country does need a cleansing ceremony but it should be meaningful. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Academic Dr Mamphele Ramphele said on Friday agreed with President Jacob Zuma that South Africa needed to have a cleansing ceremony.

But she said more attention should be given to the reasons why the country was gripped by violence this year.

Earlier, Zuma said the country needed a ceremony to be cleansed from violent incidents such as the Marikana tragedy and the assassination of ANC members.

Ramphele said it would be pointless if the ceremony was done without reflecting on what made South Africans turn to violence.

"Unless we answer those questions, then we will go through countless of national cleansing ceremonies and we will still go back to the violence."

According to SABC news, Zuma would call on Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to lead the ceremony.