This thesis proposes to prove the authenticity of ubuntu through investigating its meanings and origins, as well as where ubuntu can be located. There has been some confusion in the West concerning what ubuntu is. The word has been translated into ‘humanity’ and has freely been used for different purposes. Although unrestricted use of the word is of course permissible, this way of understanding ubuntu is too simple. Therefore, this thesis will present different interpretations of ubuntu, as well as provide a staple understanding of ubuntu in a religious context. The thesis will mainly prove ubuntu’s authenticity through discovering it where it cannot be heard. Ubuntu can be located in people’s lives and it has a clear function. This presence and function can also be seen specifically in post apartheid South Africa, where it has also been visibly vocalised. Although it has been proposed by others that this presence and function is a utopian academic construct, this thesis will prove otherwise. One cannot explain away something that is already there.