Lerato Tshabalala's extract: offensive to black people or simply controversial?

An extract taken from Lerato Tshabala's debut book, has been met with hostility over generalisations made regarding black business people.

The soon-to-be-launched book titled 'The Way I See It: The Musings of a Black Woman in the Rainbow Nation',

702's Azania Mosaka gave listeners an opportunity to share their thoughts regarding the issue.

In an excerpt taken from a chapter titled _'Why I hire blue eyes before black guys', _Tshabalala says the following:

'Pan-African activists will take exception to my generalisation and tell me I'm the reason black businesses are not taken seriously, despite the fact that I've generalised about just about everyone in this book. You see, white people sign contracts, give invoices and don't usually leave without finishing the job. Facts are facts. Y'all might be mad, my people, but you know I ain't lying.'

Listen to the conversation below:

I do believe there's some truth in that... I'm highly conscious of being service oriented...

Deon, caller Westonaria

This is a generalisation and over-simplification of the issues. But again, when do we stop and demand a higher standard from our people?

Lundi, caller in Joburg

I'd like to dispell entirely the generalisation that was made... It's a very complex issue because it doesn't have a racial divide but a consequential issue.

Alec, caller in Joburg

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