Is it fair that we still celebrate first black this, first black that in Africa?

A 702 caller Zama says white South Africans do not understand why affirmative action is needed in the country.

Engaging Eusebius McKaiser, Zama says his family went through the process of losing land and their properties to white people.

He says affirmative action is there to help black people catch up to white people.

It is near damn impossible for any black person to live an average white person's life in South Africa.

Zama, Caller

What happened in 1965 was that they took away whatever wealth black people had accumulated in the last 50 or 100 years. All we have been asking for is we don't want our wealth back that you took from us but allow us to catch up to where you are.

Zama, Caller

My grandfather had over 4,000 hectares of land which he bought fair and square. He lost all of that and moved into a two-room house and died later from depression.

Zama, Caller

Tell us what we should do? Should we sit down and clap hands when Eusebius says Zama is the first black whatever in an 80% black populated country?

Zama, Caller

Is it fair that today we are still celebrating first blacks in an African continent? It is an equivalent of celebrating the first white person in Europe? It's a laughable achievement and we still celebrate it because we have nothing else to hold on to.

Zama, Caller

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