Caller sparks debate about white privilege and perpetuating violence

Zanele, a caller on The Redi Tlhabi Show, expressed her frustration about the lack of solutions being offered by white South Africans to address societal challenges.

In response to the weeks of nationwide protests at universities, she said the time had come for white counterparts to start asking themselves questions about the violence embedded in protests - even if it caused discomfort.

Listen below:

I cannot stand it, how white individuals who think they mean well continue to perpetuate the trauma and violence that's going on.

Zanele, caller

It is violent to be a white minority in this country and have the best jobs, the best salaries, the best cars, the best suburbs. It is a violent thing.

Zanele, caller

A video that emerged on Wednesday has shocked the country as police officers are seen dragging a student protester on his back towards police vehicles and then arresting him. He was unarmed.

Anti-fee increase protests have intensified across the country, prompting universities to suspend their academic programmes.

The students insist their demand for free education is not unreasonable, after Minister Blade Nzimande announced that students from households earning less than R600 000 per annum would be exempt from the increment. Universities are yet to announce the percentage of the fee increases for the next academic year.


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