By Zulumathabo Zulu © 2016
This scholarly paper is scheduled to be delivered at the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa (IDRA) at the University of South Africa (Unisa) on Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Pretoria in the endless sunshine and beautiful land of the ancestors, South Africa.
When the Basotho give directions, they say “Ithatike ka thaba” meaning “Follow the graphical sequence of the mountain”. “Mothati” is defined as a gradient in the Sesotho Dictionary of Mathematics and also in Numerical Logic of the Basotho written by this author . Basotho describe “Mothati” as a non-linear graphical system in which the straight line of the slope is a special case of the gradient as opposed to the English who describe the gradient as a straight line. In this case of giving direction, the Basotho use three words to conceptualize about direction while the English require seven words to conceptualize about direction. Talking about brevity as the soul of wit, that credit belongs to the Basotho and not to the English as we were led to believe by the ECC (Euro-Christian Colonial) system of curriculum inculcation.
The Basotho refer to the mountain, not as a physical object, but rather as a graphical system. This conceptualization of a mountain as a graph invokes numerous knowledge disciplines like mathematics, taxonomy, abstraction, pattern recognition, reflexive displacement, symbolic behaviour and parameters of knowledge. In this scholarly paper, we draw from the philosophical constructs of the erudite ancestors of the Basotho and other African nations to direct a productive discourse in the topical areas of Africanization, indigenization, decolonization and dispute resolution.