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Eusebius McKaiser Argues for the State to Lessen its Demands on the Middle Class

A Bantu in My BathroomIn his latest News24 column, Eusebius McKaiser, author of A Bantu in the Bathroom, argues against a government that increasingly makes it more difficult for the middle class in South Africa to live lives that reflect their upward mobility.

McKaiser mentions the government’s request that suburban schools accept up to forty learners per classroom as an example of the thoughtless pressure that it is placing on the middle class. With a number of incidents brewing that have left him no fan of what the government has done or not done, he sees this particular proposed solution as part of government’s ineffectiveness in dealing with under-performing schools.

I feel sorry for middle class South Africans. I really do.

And no doubt many people will be horrified at this empathy for the “haves” in a country with criminal levels of inequality. Millions of South Africans either live in poverty or are worse off than families headed by skilled professionals. Given this context, I am fully prepared for hasty criticism that one’s empathy should be spared for the poor. But here is why I think middle class South Africans need a break.

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  • A Bantu in My Bathroom: Debating Race, Sexuality and Other Uncomfortable South African Topics by Eusebius McKaiser
    EAN: 9781920434373
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