In this article, the notion of broken bodies is explored in relation to the African body and the
history of colonialism in South Africa. This exploration will be rooted in a retelling of the
story of the woman, Saartjie Baartman. In this retelling, the product of colonialism comes to
the fore in a haunting. Jacques Derrida’s use of the concept of Hauntology is employed to
investigate the ethical demand the spectre makes of us. With the help of the African concept
of ubuntu and African women’s theologies, we then seek to find healing and restoration for
the broken bodies.