Eusebius Opinion: I'm extremely scared and deeply pessimistic about our country

Eusebius McKaiser answers a caller's question about where South Africa is heading...

I'm no longer as optimistic as I used to be years ago, says McKaiser.

He explains how he had a standard speech he would give at corporate and other functions as a political commentator.

And that speech has now changed.

Eusebius McKaiser, 702/CapeTalk host

He says he would talk to corporate groups of 'mainly white men'...

And I would push back against any fears about this government.

Eusebius McKaiser 702 and CapeTalk host

He would also disagree in the past with any analogies between SA and Zimbabwe. But this has shifted for him he says.

Now...I end up getting questions from the audience saying truly Eusebius things are not as bad? I now sound worse than an ex-pat that is living in Perth, disgruntled, or pulling pints in Wimbeldon.

Eusebius McKaiser 702 and CapeTalk host

So, I am extremely scared, dismayed, and deeply pessimistic about our country. And the reason I am...We are in more serious trouble than seemingly educated black and white middle-class people think we are.

Eusebius McKaiser, 702/CapeTalk host

The securitisation of the State is a real thing, the politicisation of the Security Cluster is a real thing, Arthur Fraser is not a cartoon character.

Eusebius McKaiser 702 and CapeTalk host

I worry that our communications as journalists are being intercepted, being listened to, that there is an attempt at silencing and blackmailing. That there is an attempt at make you think twice about doing good investigative journalism work.

Eusebius McKaiser, 702/CapeTalk anchor

The media is a bulwark against corruption and it is under threat, he says.

Our country is in serious and desperate trouble.

Eusebius McKaiser 702 and CapeTalk host

Our country is now showing ominous continuities with the pre-1994 regime and I would never have said that...three years ago.

Eusebius McKaiser 702 and CapeTalk host

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