Episodes
I invited Daily Maverick's Mark Heywood (himself an author, and also a well-known activist who has spent decades fighting for justice) to join me to talk about Young Mungo, the second novel written by brilliant Douglas Stuart. Stuart won the Booker Prize for his stunning debut, Shuggie Bain. I couldn't ask for a better guest than Mark. He has a deep love of literature and of reading - he really remains a student of literature - and he found the evocative writing of Stuart in both of his...
Published 05/20/22
The law only allows three exceptions to the use of symbols of hate such as the old SA flag. These exceptions include the usage of the symbol for purposes of bona fide artistic ends, academic endeavour or journalism. The gratuitous display of the old SA flag, for these reasons, has been declared as constituting hate speech. AfriForum is hoping to persuade the supreme court of appeal that general free speech rights are impermissibly restricted by such a declaration. The Nelson Mandela...
Published 05/17/22
We often bitch and moan about the state of our politics. Justifiably so. There are glaring weaknesses in all of our main political parties- from the governing African National Congress to the two biggest opposition parties, Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters. Many smaller parties emerged in recent years, some doing well during the recent local government elections, but even they come with downsides such as populism and xenophobic sloganeering from their leaders.  This raises an...
Published 05/15/22
Afriforum is hiding behind free speech rights in order to justify their nostalgia for apartheid. In this episode of In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser I explain why the legal debate is less important than the political and moral debates. I explain why we should be concerned about anyone who desires to cling on to symbols of hate, symbols of trampling on black people's dignity. There are issues here that the law cannot settle. I frame these for public discussion.  The legal issues are less...
Published 05/11/22
I asked University of Cape Town's Jacques Rousseau (lecturer in critical thinking and ethics) to help me puzzle through the latest instantiation of the free speech debate. It's been sparked by the news that Elon Musk, who describes himself as a free speech absolutist (whatever that means), is buying Twitter.  The difficulties are several: at a theoretical or principled level, what kinds of speech acts (if any) should be barred? And, related, how feasible is online policing of content anyway...
Published 05/03/22
In this edition of In The Ring, I explain two ways in which you should NOT try to tackle racism, patriarchy and other forms of oppression in the workplace and elsewhere. There is a tendency to look for 'quick fixes', and I give examples of what these mistakes are. I outline, as an alternative, a different strategic pathway for companies to embark on, if they are genuinely committed to transforming the workplace - or any institution and any space - into a genuinely socially just environment...
Published 04/26/22
Professor Sarojini Nadar (University of Western Cape) responded(https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times-daily/opinion-and-analysis/2022-04-16-god-grief-and-good-friday-a-response-to-eusebius-mckaiser/?fbclid=IwAR0SioBDrOuKohEuxvKf2-i51Uvrtz2ow9V8X43wWBwzCero5zZ-1P8p3iI ) to an article in which I had argued that the God I was taught about in Catholiism does not exist ( https://www.timeslive.co.za/ideas/2022-04-15-eusebius-mckaiser-i-was-taught-god-exists-that-is-a-lie-heres-why/ ). I argued...
Published 04/20/22
Some people are upset by a recent article I wrote (  https://www.timeslive.co.za/ideas/2022-04-15-eusebius-mckaiser-i-was-taught-god-exists-that-is-a-lie-heres-why/ ) in which I had argued that evil is imcompatible with God's alleged omnisience, omnipotence and omnibenevolence. Many of the responses to me were sheer bile, and one of them appealed to 'free will' as an explanation of why God cannot interfere in natural disasters like floods and earthquakes. In this edition of In The Ring With...
Published 04/19/22
TRIGGER WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS STRONG AND SOMETIMES GRAPHIC LANGUAGE INCLUDING DESCRIPTIONS OF RACISM/COLOURISM, VIOLENCE AND SPECIFICALLY SEXUAL VIOLENCE  In this episode of In The Ring, I hosted Ismail Lagardien, the author of Too White To Be Coloured, Too Coloured To Be White. Lagardien's book is painfully compelling as it mixes stories from a fascinating life he has lived, with incisive and challenging analyses about the social and political (un)realities of South Africa. I...
Published 04/07/22
I have already told you on social media just how compelling Nikolaos Kirkinis' biography of former professional footballer Junior Khayne is. You can also check out my written review ( https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times-daily/opinion-and-analysis/2022-03-27-book-review-the-junior-khanye-story-nimble-on-the-field-tripping-off-it/ ) of this book, Ghetto Ninja: The Junior Khanye Story.  In this latest episode of In The Ring, you are in for an even greater treat; the author, Niko, is as...
Published 04/06/22
Yesterday, former president Jacob Zuma suffered another legal setback when the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his application for leave to appeal his lower court failure to delay his corruption trial further. What was Zuma hoping for? Why is he delaying getting his day in court on the main corruption charges? What, truly, is going on here? I was joined by excellent senior legal journalist Karyn Maughan (News24) to make sense of it all. Enjoy, and remember to subscribe to the podcast before...
Published 04/01/22
I think Will Smith and Chris Rock should both be criticised for what happened at the Oscars. I argued for this viewpoint on TimesLIVE ( https://www.timeslive.co.za/ideas/2022-03-28-eusebius-mckaiser-heres-why-chris-rock-and-will-smith-deserve-neither-praise-nor-defence/ ) In this edition of In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser, I summarise my argument but go further and also expand on responses to criticism while adding new points I did not raise in my analysis piece. Enjoy
Published 03/30/22
There can be no doubt, after the local government election results of last year, that the governing African National Congress is in deep political trouble. Many analysts take for granted that in 2024 there is a real possibility of the ANC getting less than 50% of the national vote, ushering in an era of coalition politics both nationally and provincially. This kind of prediction is premised on the assumption that the ANC cannot be saved from terminal electoral decline. In this episode of In...
Published 03/28/22
I have had the pressure and privilege, for more than ten years, of serving on many bursary and scholarship selection committees. I also, before that, had applied for many bursaries and scholarships myself - during high school and throughout university. Not everyone knows how to go about constructing an application that has decent odds of succeeding. In this episode of In The Ring, I draw on my many years of experience, and list and discuss 5 top tips for ANYONE applying for a bursary or a...
Published 03/24/22
I end off my short audio contributions for anti-racism week by explaining why the END GOAL should be to arrive in an anti-racist society and not a non-racial society. While we shouldn't be distracted by language  debates - and rather focus on materially changing society - I do think it is useful to explain my general unhappiness with the term or concept of non-racialism and my preference for framing the justice project as squarely an anti-racist project
Published 03/18/22
Have you considered one painful aspect of anti-black racism that we really do not like talking about - internalised oppression? In today's short audio contribution to anti-racism week I raise some examples of internalised oppression with a view to sparking an intra-black dialogue about the deep psychological violence of white supremacy, violence so enormous that even when whites aren't around we could display internalised oppression which is why we must be vigilant, and get a proper grip on...
Published 03/17/22
Now former Democratic Alliance politician and leader Mbali Ntuli explained in detail her reasons for exiting both the party and the political stage. On Eusebius on TimesLIVE, which we also cross-post here on In The Ring, she painted a picture of a political culture that had taken root within the DA that is factionalist in nature, leading to the "weaponising" of party structures and processes, including disciplinary processes, for factional ends. While describing herself as being "emotional"...
Published 03/17/22
Continuing this week's daily nuggets in response to anti-racism week, today I speak directly to white allies in the fight for racial justice. There are useful and not-so-useful ways of responding to the reality of anti-black racism. This short audio entry helps white allies to think more carefully about the demands of allyship
Published 03/16/22
In today's short audio entry on racism - as part of anti-racism week - I read from Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper. I then use the excerpt to medidate on the importance of paying attention to how racism often teams up with other kinds of oppression all of which need to be eliminated from the world if we are serious about arriving in a truly just place.
Published 03/15/22
Between now and Human Rights Day on 21st March, we are focusing on anti-racism for the week. Each day this week, on In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser, I will address, in a short audio entry, one or two aspects of the fight against white supremacy, the fight against anti-black racism and for racial equality.  In this first entry of the week, I raise and answer two questions: are all white people racist? Do all white people benefit from the global history of anti-black racism? Listen to this...
Published 03/14/22
I decided to hang out with Democratic Alliance leader and politician Mbali Ntuli. We challenged ourselves to not speak party politics, and what unfolded was a beautiful conversation about  the myriad quandaries of parenting (she is a mom to a little daughter and also currently pregnant), illness and mental health (she speaks openly about some severe existential challenges), the upsides and downsides of public life, and so much more. Enjoy and remember to SUBSCRIBE to In The Ring With...
Published 03/09/22
I realised while digging into her archived ouput, that my friend Karima Brown, who died from covid-19 related complications exactly a year ago, was truly brilliant in many more ways than we grasp when someone is alive.  She was an excellent journalist, broadcaster and political analyst.  Her life's work deserves a rich and complete description of it, that can live permanently and be accessible to anyone. That is necessary to ensure that we do not commit epistemicide. The work and legacies...
Published 03/04/22
Despite being bored by the desperate hate speech case brought by Afriforum against Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, for the apparent singing of the allegedly hate speech-filled anti-apartheid chant, Kill the Boer, so many of you asked me for my opinion that I've reluctantly done so in this short episode.  There are three lessons here for racists that Malema freely provided. I discuss them. Simply click and enjoy this latest episode of In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser  Don't...
Published 02/27/22
I was joined by brilliant novelist Sue Nyathi & also by exuberant Vanita Daniels, a funny and brilliant social justice activist (Rise Up Against Gender Based Violence) to talk about The Wife.  We laughed our asses off while exploring the light and shade. SPOILER ALERT- we will ruin your viewing if you've not seen it yet. But if you have, this episode is a TREAT. And even if you won't watch it, there are issues of general interest- from comically bad acting to the ethics of portraying...
Published 02/17/22