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
@Eusebius I do not have a problem with dogs at all, I have a problem with people who do not keep their dogs on a leash in public areas especially in areas where one is trying to jog or run. It’s inconsiderate.— Hlohlo Andrews (@HLOsquared) November 28, 2018
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
@Eusebius I had a Maltese poodle named Thato— Karabo K. Kgoleng (@KaraboKgoleng) November 28, 2018
I think dogs could be used as a proxy for the status of race relations in the country.— Kyle, caller
Thank you Sisi, “oh but they don’t bite, they are so friendly”. Good for you, now obey the law & put them on a leash— nhlanhla (@NgwenyaNhla) November 28, 2018
@Eusebius is that caller talking about me? 😭😭😭my fear of dogs has me jumping on my husband's shoulders everytime we are in a place full of dogs. every the so called cute ones— Lerato Eseu (@Lerry_Eseu) November 28, 2018
Listen to the thought-provoking segment on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:
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