'Zikuphi inzinja?' Callers open up about their complicated feelings towards dogs

Many black South Africans, especially those who experienced apartheid, have a complicated history with dogs.

Presenter Eusebius McKaiser opened the lines to find out if this complex relationship with canines has changed in 2018.

Here's what South Africans had to say on-air and online about the furry, four-legged creatures:

I've had about seven dogs in my life... They are beautiful creatures. I'm aware of the history behind black people and dogs.. Sometimes family come by they ask at the gate 'Zikuphi inzinja?', trying to find out if the dogs are locked up.

PK, caller

I'm a realtor and take people to see homes on a daily basis. The African people, generally, are very scared of animals. Even small little dogs.

Andrew, caller

My dogs get an allowance of R150, that's it. They eat dry food. I don't have the luxury to take them to the vet. They don't come into the house... they've never seen my bedroom or lounge. Dogs must be outside! A dog is a dog.

Calvin, caller

In 1976, when the police set the dogs on us we used stabbed them. Since then I have a very hostile relationship with dogs. I hate dogs with a passion.

Smadzadza, caller

Apart from the historical context, I just don't understand why people don't like dogs.

Lesego, caller

My woke educated black friends struggle with the fact that my dogs name is Jabu. They want to know 'why Jabu?'. Why not Bob? Whenever I have guests over I have to put in the garden... I love my dog.

Thembinkosi, caller

I think dogs could be used as a proxy for the status of race relations in the country.

Kyle, caller

Listen to the thought-provoking segment on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:


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