- Ronald Lamola thanked his sister for paying his fees
- He thus said he's a product of 'black tax'
- He graduated with his second Masters degree recently
Former ANCYL Deputy President Ronald Lamola has thanked his elder sister for taking him to school, thereby revealing that he's a product of "black tax."
Black tax colloquially refers to the practice of older siblings who, after getting a job, start taking care of their younger siblings financially. It's most prevalent among black communities.
Lamola graduated with his second Masters degree in law from the University of Pretoria on 17 April.
Speaking to Sowetan Live, the ANC NEC member said:
I am a product of a black tax, and this goes to my elder sister Constance, who used all her salary to take me to school. This motivated me to work hard during my undergraduate years.
His parents were retired farmworkers and were therefore unable to pay for his undergraduate fees, Briefly.co.za learned.
My sister is my hero and I hope this will inspire the Fees Must Fall movement and all African children yearning for education.
The ANC congratulated Lamola. Its spokesperson, Pule Mabe, called on young people to emulate Lamola's example and acquire education.
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