oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Prophecy in the history of South Africa

Volume 33, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



A brief survey of four prophetic figures in the history of South Africa (Ntsikana, Nongqawuse, Siener van Rensburg and Beyers Naude) show that a prophet is a visionary intermediary, mediating a message between an authority (God) and an audience. Operating in stressful situations, prophets speak and act with the authority, conferred on them by appreciative audiences, often in alliance with (or in opposition to) political powers. The HIV/Aids pandemic and poverty are stressful situations calling for prophetic voices in contemporary South Africa.

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