"I'm no longer going to watch Isidingo"

On Wednesday night Isidingo viewers were shown a racially charged scene, where Sechaba Moloi-Matabane (played by Motlatsi Mafatshe) was physically attacked by two white male farmers. The scene has since evoked an array of emotions amongst South Africans.

"I don't see other baboons here" is uttered by one of the white male characters in the scene.

Watch: The Isidingo episode that has caused controversy.

(Warning the clip may be sensitive to some viewers)

Eusebius McKaiser and guests Thandi Smith, Head of Media Monitoring Africa's Media Policy Programme and lawyer for human rights/member of the press council Carol Motlala spoke about whether or not television viewers should be exposed to images and scenes of racial prejudices.

It is an horrific scene.

Eusebius McKaiser, host of the Eusebius McKaiser show

Smith says that the clip is upsetting and touches on a sensitive topic. Motlala echoes Smith's sentiments and adds that is necessary as it started a conversation in her household and she has dealt with similar incidents in her line of work.

The scene gave me an opportunity to discuss race relations with my kids.

Carol Motlala, Lawyer for human rights/member of the press council

Smith says it is important for such content to make to make it to television screens as difficult as it may be.

She adds that the producers of Isidingo were well within their rights to have written this act of violence into the shows story line.

Motlala says the producers could have cautioned viewers to the type of content they were being exposed to because of the sensitivity the episode and scenes carried.

The first two callers on McKaiser's show felt indifferent towards the earlier shared sentiments by McKaiser and guests.

I think the show was despicable. I think the timing was incorrect. The fact that was it was shown during prime time, seven o'clock in the evening with children sitting in front of the TV is uncalled for.

Ken, caller

I am disgusted. Are they trying to make white people feel like they are above everyone else?

Jennifer, caller

I don't know what is more upsetting and perplexing this morning. The scene and the emotions it triggers or the complete and utter denial of the first two white callers that call in, who want to see butterflies in a field of daises at seven o'clock.

Eusebius McKaiser, host of the Eusebius McKaiser show

For more views on this discussion listen to the rest of the conversation in the audio below:


This article first appeared on 702 : "I'm no longer going to watch Isidingo"


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