SPEECH AND DEMOCRACY: THE TUTU’S MBEKI’S EXCHANGE

Yehoshua Gitay

Abstract


The paper is motivated by a sharp exchange of words between Thabo Mbeki, the
South African President and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the former Chair of the
Truth and Reconciliation Committee which ended in a communicative crisis. Given
the premise of Democracy which is based on the freedom of opinion that is reflected
through open criticism and debates, this paper studies the power of words in
the course of public delivery. The paper examines specific theories of verbal
communication and provides a theoretical framework of communicative public
discourse which is a crucial factor in securing the essence of Democracy.

Keywords


Language, Public Debate, Communication, Democracy, South Africa

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/100-0-661

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