Celebrities share their black tax experiences
Celeste Ntuli (Supplied)
tax is a word that has been thrown around quite a lot lately. It might be
interpreted differently however, in essence, what it means is that young black
people have to spend their money to support their families not out of courtesy
but out of obligation. For those people from privileged backgrounds the issue
of black tax might not really be relevant but this could be different for those
whose success is seen as the betterment of the entire family.
Comedian and actress Celeste Ntuli
is currently preparing for her last show of the year from her one woman show
dubbed ‘Black Tax’. She grew up in a big family and has eight siblings. She was
quoted in a newspaper saying black tax is normal to her because she has gotten
it from others too so she doesn’t have a problem with paying it too.
Skeem Saam actor Buhle Maseko
plays Nimza on SABC 1’s loved drama Skeem Saam believes in taking care of the
family but should guard against being taken for a ride. “Even though we need to support our parents
who have sacrificed a lot for our well-being, financially, it is a setback. I
think we need to start sitting our black families down for conversations about
money and how to lead ourselves towards financial independence.”
Actress and singer Gugu Zulu
24-year-old She Is King lead actress says
for her there is nothing she would not do for her mother. “I don’t believe in
this whole black tax thing. She is my mother, she raised me and me taking care
of her is to say thank you,” she says.
controversial ‘king of trap’ has never been shy to talk about money matters. On
the issue of black tax this is what he says: “Of course a certain portion must
go to the family but I just have a problem with those distant family members
who suddenly demand money when they don’t know your struggles.” Emtee adds that
he is generally very giving and says that has brought out positive rewards for
him. He recently revealed to Move! that while people on social media were going
on about him being broke, he actually bought a pinky ring with ‘lots of
diamonds’ and that he is the only rapper in the country with it.