Moving 'Open Line' call sparks emotional discussion on SA's deep inequality

A call during The Eusebius McKaiser Show triggered an emotional dialogue about poverty and social injustices in present-day South Africa.

The Open Line explored a range of topics such as Bosasa corruption, the criminal justice system and the Vodacom 'Please Call Me' row.

But it was a sobering call from Mitchells Plain resident Dawood, that left listeners reflecting on his discontentment.

LISTEN: Emotional Mitchells Plain caller says nothing has changed since apartheid'

Dawood spoke about the consequences of apartheid and how people of colour remain dispossessed in South Africa.

Nothing has changed, brother. I still live here in Mitchell's Plain 40 years later. We're still getting the short end of the stick... It's not right my brother.

Dawood, Caller

Eusebius McKaiser then facilitated a discussion with his callers who aired their frustrations and offered potential solutions.

Listeners from around the country weighed in on how to deal with poverty, racial inequality and redressing our painful past.

Black people are still not free, my man. Apartheid was a crime against humanity, but there was no justice for black people.

Thato, Caller

Can we not bring the United Nations or an outside international body back to South Africa? We've got ourselves in a logjam... We need that same force that drove us to change to come around again.

Warren, Caller

There's a misconception that it was the rest of the world changed South Africa, it was South African and South Africans that changed South Africa.

Janine, Caller

Zane called on his fellow white South Africans to use their social power to help correct the past.

I'm speaking to the white community, it's easy to blame the government. What are you doing to make a difference?... Get out of your denial bubble, we need to acknowledge, plan and fix.

Zane, Caller

At the close of the discussion, Muizenberg resident Dale became emotional when he revealed how he continues to grapple with his privilege, despite his individual efforts to bring about change.

I'm feeling a huge amount of sadness. I love this country so much but there's this structural inequality. Having a vote is nothing without this massive change of the structural inequality.

Dale, Caller

I speak to friends of mine who just can't own that pain... The same pain that Dawood has, I have.

Dale, Caller

Listen to the extended Open Line as callers examine the current state of affairs in the country:


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