Lerato Tshabalala defends her opinions about black and white 'stereotypes'

An extract from Lerato Tshabalala's book The Way I See It, published by the Sunday Times which describes why she would rather have a white service provider than a black one, caused an outrage on social media.

One chapter in her book 'Why I hire blue eyes before black guys', has caused much consternation on black twitter.

Speaking to CapeTalk's John Maytham, Tshabalala simply said that people are entitled to their own opinions.

My job as a journalist and as a writer is to be on the side of the truth and the book is based on the truth... it is the way I as a writer and a black South African woman observe South Africa

Lerato Tshabalala, Author

I still think people should be allowed to think whatever they think and express their opinions. I had very strong opinions in that book so it makes sense that people acted in the way that they acted

Lerato Tshabalala, Author

She says her responsibility is to be on the side of the truth and write about her daily experiences as a black South African woman.

You may be white and agree with me or black and disagree with me but ultimately this is the country that I live in and I am invested in this country, I want to be here and I don't want to leave but I also not going to lie about the things we are not getting right including how stereotypical we are about each other.

Lerato Tshabalala, Author

Listen to the full conversation below:


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