Episodes
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
Towards the end of the state of the nation address last week, president Cyril Ramaphosa appeared to be inspiring us all to be "resilient". Wittingly or unwittingly, however, he was emotionally blackmailing you. I wrote about that on TimesLIVE in an analysis piece you can read (...
Published 02/15/22
In this latest episode of In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser, I was joined by two excellent former journalists, Lance Claasen and Thabo Shole-Mashao, who now allegedly play in the murky worlds of public relations, communications and, who knows, reputational management (or uhm not)! These combinations of skills and experiences made for a fascinating debate between the three of us about the political brand, and leadership strengths and weaknesses, of president Cyril Ramaphosa.  Some of the...
Published 02/09/22
This week ActionSA will reveal that former Democratic Alliance leader Athol Trollip will be joining the party founded by fellow former DA leader Herman Mashaba. I can confirm that this is the news which the party has been coy and playful about on social media, ahead of a press conference on Wednesday 9th February. In this episode of In The Ring With Eusebius, I take a close look at the implications of this development. Will this move strengthen the new party? How might it impact the party's...
Published 02/08/22
 Joanne Joseph has written a brilliant work of historical fiction, Children of Sugarcane, and so I invited her back to In The Ring for a book interview. I simply had to engage the thematic range of this very exciting new book that everyone should buy and read. In this novel, we journey with an indentured labourer, Shanti, and through her arrival in Port Natal, and the stories that unfold, we get a close account of the myriad ways in which the violence of Empire impacted the lives of those...
Published 02/06/22
Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh and I jointly hosted each other in a fun, experimental set-up where I appeared on his fantastic YouTube channel, and that in turn served also as the recording of this episode of In The Ring.  We explored two framing questions about the constitution: first, is the vision for the country that is contained in the constitution the right vision for an ideal South Africa? Secondly, would changes to the constitutional text make any difference in helping us achieve a more just...
Published 02/01/22
In this episode of In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser, I hang out with top South African author and broadcaster Joanne Joseph, catching up with her on what she had been up to since leaving 702. I started off by engaging her on vegetarianism. Thereafter we talked about the media landscape generally and in particular her experience as a woman in media.  In what was a wide-ranging conversation in which we get to know her better, we also touch on life as a public figure, reading preferences,...
Published 01/28/22
How should white people respond to their positionality in a world in which anti-black racism proliferates? How should men respond to their positionality in a world in which patriarchy proliferates? What does it mean to be an ally of black people? What does it mean to be an ally of women? What are the true requirements of ubuntu, and what action steps should be taken by allies to truly be productive in helping to smash racism and patriarchy.  This episode of In The Ring With Eusebius...
Published 01/18/22
I really don't wanna sell you this podcast episode with a lengthy description. Can I just say this - if you listen to only ONE episode of In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser in 2022 it will probably have to be this one. Lebogang is a brilliant guest. Energetic. Passionate. Intellectually stimulating. And as a feminist and social activist she gives us a masterclass on feminism and realpolitik that would be of interest to local and international audiences. I'd pay you to listen to if I won the...
Published 01/14/22
Veteran African National Congress  leader and member of Cabinet Lindiwe Sisulu has written a column ( https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/opinion/lindiwe-sisulu-hi-mzansi-have-we-seen-justice-d9b151e5-e5db-4293-aa21-dcccd52a36d3 ) that has everyone talking. It essentially critiques the rule of law, the judiciary and the constitution but it is hard to know precisely what the main thesis and argument is. If you have the gift of interpretation, you might be able to tell the rest of us. ...
Published 01/10/22
Hawu. It's not even 2022 properly yet and a call center agent tries her luck selling stuff. We haven't even paid for Dezemba bills!  So. I had a choice: end the call quickly or have a bit of fun. I decided to have fun. Because, YOLO. Enjoy!
Published 01/03/22
Janet Gourand (Sobriety Advocate & Recovery Coach), who runs the brilliant online community portal, Tribe Sober, joined me to talk about the 2022 Dry January challenge. See whether you can go alcohol free for 30 days; you may just like it! It runs for any 30 consecutive days of your choice between now until end of January. Get an early start.  You will get online daily support and, in turn, you have a chance to change the lives of children living under conditions of poverty and other...
Published 12/29/21
Sisonke Msimang joined me to debate whether or not, when his legacy is properly considered, Archbishop Desmond Tutu can be located along the spectrum of Black Radical Thought.  Msimang argues that not only is Tutu undeniably radical in his racial politics, but that we should also push back against notions of non-racialism that wrongly associate the doctrine with colourblindness and polite politics. Tutu's allyship on the question of same-sex love and relationships shows his intersectional...
Published 12/28/21
Former president Jacob Zuma's medical parole was taken away today by the Johannesburg High Court. Arthur Fraser, in his then capacity as National Commissioner of Correctional Services, had granted Zuma medical parole. This decision was declared unlawful and set aside. Zuma must return to prison. And, none of the days wrongly spent away from prison as a medical parolee, will count towards his 15 month sentence that he had been given by the constitutional court after he was found guilty of...
Published 12/15/21
Musician Kabelo Mabalane recently admitted on Instagram that although he is part of an anti-GBV campaign (#NoExcuse), that "as a young man [he] too was a perpetrator of this shameful cowardly behaviour."  But what exactly did he do at the height of his fame when TKZ was massively popular and their sounds were the soundtracks to our youth? What is the source of his shame?  What does it even mean to take responsibility now? Has he admitted to women he had wronged that he had done them wrong?...
Published 12/09/21
I asked philosopher Lucy Allais to join me to help us think philosophically about some of the debates around vaccines for covid-19. If, for example, I do not want to get vaccinated, is it okay to straightforwardly choose to not getvaccinated? Lucy doesn't think so, and in this episode of In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser she systematically talks us through the ethical issues by asking, 'what do we owe others?'  We also talked about whether or not some of the rights-talk from those who do...
Published 12/09/21