National 30.8.2016 11:21 am

Eusebius takes on ‘black hair ruins school reputations’ caller

MOVING ON. Eusebius McKaiser was among the radio hosts who helped launched Power FM. Picture: Gallo Images

MOVING ON. Eusebius McKaiser was among the radio hosts who helped launched Power FM. Picture: Gallo Images

The radio host defended black girls’ right to wear their hair naturally during a segment of his show on 702.

Radio 702 listener Alan called in after several people had phoned in to talk about their experiences of having to tame their hair according to school rules.

What on earth does my daughter having an afro have to do with the good standing and history of a school?

The segment was focused on the furore at Pretoria Girls High, as black pupils protest against school policy that inhibits them from wearing their hair in its natural state.

In response, Alan said their comments were “ridiculous”, as these schools had impeccable reputations to uphold.

“Schools like Pretoria Girls High, Parktown Girls, Jeppe Girls and Rondebosch have incredible reputations, and they got to have rules. I don’t know where you draw the line, but I think that there are so many people phoning and making ridiculous statements, just for the sake of being on the show,” said Alan.

In response, McKaizer said he struggled to understand the point the listener was making.

“I don’t think your comment is particularly compelling. I don’t think you are listening to people who are calling in. They are commenting based on their life experiences … this is a public institution, and there is no reason you can’t engage the public on what is happening.

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“What on earth does my daughter having an afro have to do with the good standing and history of a school? Why do you think there is a correlation between the hair my daughter might have and ruining the reputation of a school?” Mckaiser asked.

After the exchange between himself and the caller, Mckaizer took to Facebook to insinuate he was shocked by the exchange.

“Here is the 6 minutes of exchange between myself and a caller, a former teacher, who called in today to defend Pretoria Girls High on grounds of them merely wanting to protect a “good reputation” & on the additional ground of “where does one draw the line?”- response to rules discussions about hairstyles. This from a teacher and in the year 2016. Thixo!

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