Skeem Saam's Kwaito highlighted the topic of Black Tax in our community, something that is very real. But social media took to Twitter to sympathise with the actor.
Black tax is very real within Mzani's black communities, and Skeem Saam's Kwaito just highlighted what a hinderance it is for a lot of young black professionals who are trying to make a name for themselves.
According to ZAlebs, black tax is a term used for young black people who hold the responsibility who use a portion of their salary to help out their parents or extended family members.
We see this happening to actor Clement Maosa in his role as Zamokuhle Saakamela (Kwaito) in SABC 1's youth drama, Skeem Saam. Kwaito is an engineering graduate who just got employed and automatically becomes the breadwinner of his family. None of his family members are employed and they become heavily dependant on him.
What makes the situation worse is that his family are not sticking to his budget and are not worried or sorry about it. Kwaito's demanding girlfriend also climbed on the bandwagon, claiming a portion of his pay cheque too.
Social media fans felt Kwaito's pain and took to Twitter to voice their opinions. Here are some of the comments below.
Our hearts go out to Kwaito. We are happy to see him standing up for himself and stopping his family members from exploiting him any further.
Just over a week ago, Briefly.co.za reported on the realness of black tax on Skeem Saam and fans also spoke out on it.
Viewers saw how Tbose was able to blow his first pay cheque on nonsense, while Kwaito had to give half of his to his unemployed mother. It showed how being employed does not mean the same thing to everyone.
Struggling this battle themselves, or knowing people who are, viewers hearts broke for Kwaito. They took to social media to discuss the pressing issue of ‘black tax’ and the realness of unemployment.
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