South African journalist Eusebius McKaiser, 45, passed away on Tuesday after what is believed to have been an epileptic seizure. His manager, Jackie Strydom, claimed that McKaiser experienced an epileptic episode.
His insightful essays and editorials were frequently published in a number of media, including the New York Times, Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, City Press, Newsweek International, and Financial Mail. Additionally, McKaiser hosted the talk at Nine Show, Radio 702’s chat, and Interface on SABC3.
He was a strong supporter of the LGBT community and a loud opponent of racism. South Africans voiced their shock at his passing on social media.
According to Vincent Magwenya, the spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa, the broadcaster has “a brilliant mind.”
Eusebius McKaiser (was a South African political analyst, journalist, and broadcaster. Among others, he wrote for the Mail & Guardian, the Sunday Times, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, the New York Times, and Business Day, for which he wrote a weekly column.
In Grahamstown, Cape Province, where his working-class family resided in a coloured township, Eusebius McKaiser was born on March 28. He went to Graeme College, where he graduated in 1996, and St. Mary’s Primary School. He started attending Rhodes University in 1997 and earned a bachelor’s degree in law and philosophy, an honors degree, and a master’s degree in philosophy in 2003 with a thesis on moral objectivity.
He did it with distinction. He received a Rhodes Scholarship between 2005 and 2006 and studied at the University of Oxford, where he conducted unfinished PhD research in moral philosophy under the supervision of Ralph Wedgwood and John Broome. He was a scholar from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.
He started off as the host of Power Talk, a three-hour weekday morning talk show, when Power FM debuted on June 18, 2013.
He departed Power FM in October 2014, citing irreconcilable differences with the station, and returned to Radio 702 in July 2016, replacing Redi Thlabi with a weekday morning chat slot. The Mail & Guardian claims that by 2013, McKaiser had “etched himself on the national psyche” thanks to his radio work.
Later, Pumla Dineo Gqola claimed that his morning program on 702, the Eusebius McKaiser Show, “shaped everyday dialogue and, with it, the culture of our time,” and praised McKaiser’s “heartbreaking, illuminating, and often joyful intellectual work.”