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Black people have assimilated to white people: Lerato Tshabalala

Writer and editor Lerato Tshabalala has come out strongly against the backlash she received after a controversial excerpt from her book went viral‚ sparking widespread debate and outrage.

The extract from Tshabalala’s book‚ The Way I See It: The musings of a black woman in the rainbow nation‚ which was first published in the Sunday Times delved into ‘black service delivery.’

In the extract‚ Tshabalala detailed why she prefers to give white people jobs over black people.

The extract in which Tshabalala revealed ‘why I hire blue eyes before black guys‚’ raised more than a few eyebrows.

Speaking to DJ Sbu on Vuma FM on Tuesday morning‚ Tshabalala stood by the comments made in her book.

“The book is not only about black service providers. It’s about sex‚ love and relationships among other things. The extract that was published is a 800 word extract that is a part of a 2000 word chapter. So what you lost is 1400 words of context explaining how I got to that conclusion. The book has 17 chapters and is about having a constructive discussion‚” she explained.

Tshabalala added that issues that are brought up in her book cannot be ignored.

“I wanted to take issues away from the braai stand to the boardroom‚ which is where we have power to change. We have to tell the truth.”

The former True Love magazine editor further believes that for there to be transformation‚ issues highlighted in her book need to be spoken about.

“Black people have assimilated to white people. If we have truly transformed there would be white people living in Soweto and Khayelitsha. We have to say what is wrong with us so we can get to the right place.”

During the radio discussion Tshabalala also stressed the importance of education‚ which she believes is the driver of change.

“I am the product of a teenage mother. I grew up in dirt. I am here because of education. If you’re educated‚ you get jobs.”

Tshabalala has been at the top of the Twitter trends list after the extract in question started circulating on the social media platform.

“You see‚ white people sign contracts‚ give invoices and don’t usually leave without finishing the job. Facts are facts. Y’all might be mad‚ my people‚ but you know I ain’t lying. Now don’t get me wrong‚ I’m not saying every black service provider is dodgy — not at all. But sadly‚ the majority of our people are chancers and don’t give a damn about customer service‚” read part of the extract.

Tshabalala went on to explain experiences she’s had with black service providers who act “inappropriately” while on the job.

In a press statement released about the book it is described as “an un-sugar coated account of her personal and professional experiences‚ and it’s not for the faint-hearted.”

Tshabalala’s brutal honesty about her experiences as a black South African delves into everything from annoying car guards to cultural stereotypes and ‘white-dominated’ corporate South Africa.

Khabza Mkhize

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