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Getting your domestic worker to walk your dogs is wrong: Maimane

Getting your domestic worker to walk your dogs is wrong: Maimane

Democratic Alliance head Mmusi Maimane says that it is “unjustifiable” and wrong for employers to get their domestic workers to walk their dogs.

“Went for a run this am. It’s astounding how many domestic workers are walking their employers dogs. It’s in my view, wrong and unjustifiable,” Maimane said on social media site, Twitter, on Tuesday.

The DA lead’s comment immediately sparked debate on the social media platform as users either agreed with him, or pointed out potential flaws in his statement.

Here are some of the most popular responses:









More than one million domestic workers are employed in South Africa – often without contract, which can lead to exploitation, particularly when it comes to pay and hours worked.

In order to help address the latter issue, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa noted last month, that a panel of advisors on the national minimum wage had settled on a proposed figure of R3,500 per month.

That amounts to approximately R20 per hour.

Read: You will have to pay your domestic worker more from December


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  • Brandon van Reenen

    Wait, what? The domestic is paid to do chores. If anything, the maid is getting a bit of exercise too…

    • Ken M

      Are you calling my dog fat?

      • Andrew van der Merwe

        Your dog is a fatcat. (So there!)

    • Andrew van der Merwe

      By that logic you’d be perfectly justified in employing someone to to the chore of wiping your own arse. That part usually takes longer and is less pleasurable than the first part, and just think how much more Instagramming you could get done.

      • Bob Koekemoer

        Why not, as long as you’re clear about the job description up front.

      • Tania

        Your logic is perplexing. Do you do your own washing and ironing, clean your own bathrooms? Because all of those are far more degrading than walking someone’s dogs. My helper loves my dogs and they love her. I haven’t noticed the same affinity between my laundry and her. I walk my own dogs, btw, as it is a privilege, not a chore.

        • Andrew van der Merwe

          Yes, logic can be quite as tricky as maths. If you looked a little closer, you’d see that I was attacking employment as a basis for having someone else walk your dog not providing a defence for not having someone else walk your dog.
          Clearly deciding the matter requires other criteria.

          • Tania

            You should beware, you may just be the one tricked with the logic here. Attacking employment, here and elsewhere on this thread, is your Achilles heel. Think about it.

          • Andrew van der Merwe

            Sigh, where did I attack employment? How is an attack on using employment to justify anything and everything an attack on employment? Or am I missing some humour on your part? Sorry.

          • Tania

            Your logic failure is humorous, considering how you are accusing everyone of exactly that.

          • Andrew van der Merwe

            It seems that was easier to say than to actually answer the question.

          • Tania

            Have you ever met tAryn Nefdt? You seem like the male version of her. She is looking for a boyfriend, you should apply!

      • LegallySpeaking

        Your arguments are about as intelligent and convincing as a conspiracy theorist on pot.

        • Tania

          Hey! I have heard pot makes one smart! Well, creatively so..

          • Andrew van der Merwe

            Therefore if you’re smart, you should smoke pot.
            (A little more koeksister logic for you. 😉 )

        • Andrew van der Merwe

          What can I say? Logic doesn’t work on everyone. It’s kind of like dogs and beach calligraphy.

  • James Dean

    This is something I would expect Zuma to say.

    My rating for Maimane has now gone from a 10 to a 9.

    • Tania

      That happened with the coffin-knee jerk tweet, and it was more than one notch!

    • NosySnoopy

      I still give him a 4. He is just better with ‘fronting’ than Zuma, Malema, etc.

    • brz

      I should not have voted for the DA.

    • Mine has gone from 1 to 1.

  • RodneyVikens

    Maimane is slowly busy conforming I see. He now calls a dog walker a domestic worker.

    • Dirco du Toit

      Could even have been that person’s own dog(s).

  • Tania

    It is by far the nicest “job” in a household, and delegating it is stupid. Stupidity is not illegal, sadly.
    Mmusi, sometimes you just try too hard to convince people you are black.

  • Frik De Wet

    Mmmm also dont get this one. If i was a domestic worker, and I got the choice of scrubbing toilets, cleaning windows or taking a dog on a long walk – I’d much rather walk the dog.

    It would only be unjustifiable if it the weather outside was bad.

    • RodneyVikens

      Next on the list. Getting a domestic worker to clean a toilet is inhuman.

      • LegallySpeaking

        the word your’e looking for is “inhumane”

        • RodneyVikens

          the “e” got flushed… thanks

    • Chris

      You should try being a domestic worker, it’s not as glamorous as you think.

      • Tania

        You should perhaps stop and re-read before you continue 🙂

        • Chris

          Ja, I know, got annoyed at the glib use of “If I was a domestic worker…”

      • Frik De Wet

        Who said it was?

    • Chris

      Or….you available Thursdays?

  • Literally Mario

    I’m kinda with Mmusi on this one. If you simply palm off your dog to the domestic worker, because you don’t have time for it, then maybe you shouldn’t have a dog in the first place.

    • RodneyVikens

      They should actually just ban all domestic work. That way no one gets hurt and everyone will be able to look after themselves…. oh wait.

      • Tania

        Stirring with a big spoon!

      • Literally Mario

        Careful Rodney, we don’t want to fall off that slippy slope you created.

    • Tania

      It could be that the owner is ill or battling to walk for some reason, but I agree, it is important bonding time and if just delegated as a chore, then the motivation for dog ownership is questionable.

    • Steven Seagull

      Not a DA fan myself, but I agree.
      If you can’t or don’t want to spend time with your pet, don’t get one.
      Same goes for children. Don’t have them if you don’t have time or means to raise them – Properly.

      • LegallySpeaking

        There is a big gap between not spending time with your pet and not being able to take it for a walk when the weather is nice outside while you are dug in at the office. Most people spend more than adequate time with their pets in the evening after work, but after feeding yourself and your pet, the weather nor the time is not suitable to take your dog for a walk, now is it?

      • brz

        I’m not sure that is the point Maimane wanted to make, though.

    • Andrew van der Merwe

      Glad to find someone who gets it. I’m sure these critics of Mmusi are mostly white people who talk about
      their dogs as though they are “members of the family” and I’d like to
      ask them if they’d also feel inclined to *employ* someone to attend
      their daughter’s Christmas pantomime?!

      • brz

        Probably. Those pantomimes can be bad.

    • hairyback

      Kind of like parents palming off their kids to schools and day care centers?
      People work, they’re away for 8 hours a day, this seems like a nice thing to do for their animals to make sure that they get a bit of attention while they’re away.

    • I’m kinda with Literally Mario on this one. If you simply palm off your house to the domestic worker, because you don’t have time for it, then maybe you shouldn’t have a house in the first place.

  • Aaron Anderson

    Struggling to understand what is “wrong and unjustifiable” about it. He makes it sound like some kind of cruel and unusual punishment. Are we now to be subjected to a list of prescribed activities that we can hire people for? Cleaning toilets is okay, walking dogs is not?

    • Andrew van der Merwe

      Lighten up. He should probably just have chosen his words better. It’s in bad taste and “wrong and unjustifiable” strike me as hyperbole for that.

      • He should probably have minded his own business.

        • Andrew van der Merwe

          This discussion has gone to the dogs.

    • NosySnoopy

      Simple. A black person walking the dog of a white person. MM is just as racist as the rest. This reminds me of his ‘Woolies full of whites shoppers while blacks work’ tweet.

      • I do employ a domestic worker. However, I have a black neighbour who does employ a (black) domestic worker. She also walks the dogs of this lady.

        Please advise whether this is wrong and unjustifiable?

        • NosySnoopy

          No, because your neighbour is black she is just assisting in job creation for a sister.

          • So when a white person hires someone who is black and gets them to walk the dog = wrong.

            When a black person hires someone who is black and gets them to walk the dog = job creation.

          • NosySnoopy

            Hey, I don’t make the rules. I just comment on how politicians view SA and the world.

      • Me

        When I go to Woolies, I’m usually the only white person who can afford to be there!

        • NosySnoopy

          But the workers are still black, right? So he probably would have complained about the worker taking work away from blacks had they been white. You can’t win these fights.

    • Marc Hugo

      No Aaron, it is not. I am knocked out by the rest of the feeble-minded, shiftless contributors here too.. You have a relationship with a dog, not a toilet – well – I can’t speak for you. Perhaps you’re really up close and cosy with the old shanks. You reinforce the relationship with your dog by spending time with the dog on a activity he or she thinks is important. I have not come across such a pile of garbage on this commentary thread for a long time, and certainly not one that reinforces my pessimistic beliefs about the attitude of SA people towards animal. You and the majority of the defensive flange over here have missed MMs point entirely. If you’re too busy or lazy to own a dog, then by all means, don’t have one. But holding court on a matter that you clearly know nothing about or more likely because it reflects on your own laziness too, is laughable.

      • l0cal_user

        I have so many questions…

        First off, we get dogs for security or companionship, then we feed them, love them, keep them healthy, make sure they are in a safe environment etc… to do all this, we work. Many people work into the night and if not, may not necessarily live in areas where its safe to walk around at night even with a dog (most of SA at this point). Your argument is that, among the myriad of other services we offer our dogs, if we hire someone ensure they get exercise a few days a week – we shouldn’t be allowed to own a dog? Do you own a dog? Has it ever been to the vet? Do you stay up at night hating yourself because you were unable to render the appropriate medical procedure yourself – this important part of your dogs well being (because you are lazy)?

        How does any of this tie into the attitude of SA people towards animals? The issue is “domestics shouldnt be asked to walk dogs” – is it animal abuse to want your dog to get exercise?

        Should unemployed people be the only ones who have dogs? or people who have part time jobs? Should dogs only go on walks over the weekend? Or is your issue more to do with who walks the dog? Is a domestic worker not good enough to walk the dog? My dogs dont give a crap who walks them, sometimes its my father in law who only see’s them every few months… is that wrong?

        To be honest Marc, you seem like a pretty feeble minded, shiftless contributor yourself. If you are so horrifically offended by peoples opinions, should you really be hanging around comment threads?

      • Guy Morel

        So what of all the “Doggy Daycare” centers then, I take it these are just as despicable in your opinion?

      • Aaron Anderson

        So why, Marc, do you in your unfounded vitriol, assume that a long term household employee would not or should not just as well have a relationship with the household animals? Possibly your shiftless, shallow comment exposes more about your misguided assumptions than you would like?

        And yes, I have a (well paid) gardener who actually asks to walk the dogs whenever he can as it is clearly the best part of his day.

        Amazingly, dog walking is considered a fun activity in many parts of the world and there are even websites and apps where people who are not fortunate enough to be able to have dogs can “borrow”them for this activity.

        Twisting this into yet another politicized, race laden issue is, in my opinion, the height of cynicism.

  • Cheesy 3.0

    OK Maimane. I don’t have any dogs, but you are beginning to strike me as just as stupid as the rest of the political leaders in this country, with their inane stupid remarks. Strike One of Three.

    • Lew Skannen

      Agreed. DA better have a new leader come the next elections, else my vote will also be going for smaller ineffective parties.

  • Ab Irato

    So even Maimane sometimes acts like a Zuma…

  • Sennen Goroshi

    Maimane’s attempt to appeal to idiots just made him look like an idiot himself..

    I mean what if that domestic worker actually did it voluntarily cause maybe she likes dogs?

    or if she gets paid extra to walk the dog? also what’s wrong with walking a dog?

    what the hell is wrong with guy?

    Maybe he was drunk or high on some glue when he posted this.

    • chunk

      Yeah since they at it why not raise their kids too prob don’t have time for that either.

      • Sennen Goroshi

        they do that actually….

  • koos

    Ja no well fine

    Methinks that having a domestic worker is in my view, wrong and unjustifiable!!

    That is why I don’t have one

    No more missing and broken stuff and then lambasted for minimum wages, transport, pension, insurance and general apathy and incompetence.

    • brz

      Yes, that’s the side of the coin that conveniently gets ignored in the name of political correctness. Believe me, I’ve seen many loyal, hard wording domestics, but also some lazy, dishonest ones.

    • Same here, actually. Now I live in filth and my dog seriously needs a walk. Mind you, I think I’ll leave the gate open in the am to get rid of those pesky morning joggers.

  • Andrew van der Merwe

    It irks me a little to defend the DA but I agree with him. I think it’s in bad taste. It reminds of the good citizens of the Republic of Hout Bay who once had a system going where someone else – inevitably a black person – picked up their dogs’ doodoos for them. They’d grab a little red flag and place it it next to the poo so the young black woman could come traipsing along to pick it up after them. Needless to say, they justified it by saying it provided employment. I asked one such proud doggie owner citizen what was next – was he going to *employ* someone to wipe his own arse for him?!

    • Andrew van der Merwe

      And to those of you who go on about the pleasures and benefits of walking dogs, I’d like to ask, what’s next, are you going to *employ* someone to go for a run on your behalf?! Are you going to *employ* someone to service you wife for you?!

      • AnotherView

        “I hope you service your own car. I hope you bake your own bread. I hope you never go to a retaurant and subject anyone to preparing food for you and then serve you”. Your logic has as many holes as a sieve. Many people are happy to have the job of “dog walking’. If it forms part of your domestic’s job then why deprive them of the work? Just now you will be crying about “baby sitters”. An economy orientated around service is what this country badly needs.

        • Andrew van der Merwe

          Logic can be quite as tricky as maths. If you looked a little
          closer, you’d see that I was attacking employment as a basis for having someone else walk your dog not providing a defence for not having someone else walk your dog.
          Clearly deciding the matter requires other criteria and nothing makes this clearer than what you have just done (thank you) by asking me if I service my own car (don’t) or bake my own bread (do). You you service your own wife?

      • Frik De Wet

        Childish examples.

        • Andrew van der Merwe

          Yes, that’s usually how it is with doing philosophy. But do you get the logic of it – that it shows that providing employment cannot be used to justify getting someone to do something for you? I’m just trying to demonstrate that you can’t dismiss Mmusi’s statement on that basis. Neither can you dismiss it by an appeal to the pleasures of dog-walking. If I can be right in claiming that it’s bad to have someone else service your wife for you, or go to your child’s Christmas pantomime, then it’s quite possible that Mmusi can have a point in claiming that it is bad to have someone else walk your dog for you. Is your mind really closed to that possibility?

          • Frik De Wet

            You are using ridiculous examples of tasks that cannot be outsourced to another person which make for a really weak argument.

            A domestic workers responsibilities are pretty broad, and will include anything that involves helping out around the house.

            Some people have domestic workers purely to help clean, others employ them for cooking their food, others for looking after their kids. Whichever helps the employer around the house most. If that happens to be dog walking for a bit then I do not understand what the fuss is about?

            I am employed as a Software Engineer. Recently we moved offices. It is not in my job description to help move furniture. And yet I was asked to assist, and I gladly helped out – moving servers and equipment for 3 days straight. It was a refreshing break from the mundane office job. I didn’t see this as wrong or unjustifiable. My employer needed help, and I obliged.

            Why is this any different?

          • Andrew van der Merwe

            Actually, the example I give of someone employing someone else to “service” his wife is not unheard of. It’s not common, but people do do that sort of thing. And the example of having someone wipe your own arse for you is a reference to the old gentleman-of-the-closet thing that royalty had until about 100 years ago, so it may seem frivolous to you but it is not an unreasonable example and hopefully it serves to illustrate that this does not merely come down to job description, whether in prior agreement or not.*

            Try asking yourself if having someone walk your dog for you is like having someone else service your car, or is it like having someone else service your wife? Is it like having someone wash your underwear and clean your toilet, or is it like
            employing someone to wipe your own arse? I’m leaning towards the latter – not dogmatically, just leaning – especially you see your dog as part of the family and all that and even more so if the real purpose of walking the dog is to have it to its doodoo on someone else’s watch.

            I don’t think it’s essentially about race, although there is no denying that it’s wound up with racial issues in this country. As I understand it, it’s about the quality of the relationship – how personal it is, or how personal it should be. I’m inclined to think it’s not such a good thing to have someone else walk your dog even if that person agrees happily to provide it as a service.
            Of course, one must admit to exceptions, though.

            * I’d also like to show the child’s pantomime thing as a more realistic thing than you might think but I can’t remember the name of the movie in which a scene like that took place (some oke had his PA do that for him).

          • Frik De Wet

            Wow. Thanks for the essay. You could’ve just said you think that asking someone to walk a dog is a demeaning task.

          • Andrew van der Merwe

            Thanks, I didn’t think you’d be so easily persuaded, but in any case, no, I’m arguing that it’s more than that; I’m arguing that it’s in bad taste and quite inappropriate. Would you like me to expand further on that? 😉

            I guess you could say it’s merely like employing someone to take your racehorse for a run on the beach. I’m leaning more towards walking your beloved fluffy and picking up her poops after her as being a more personal affair.

            But mainly I’m attacking this business of justifying anything and everything by saying it gives someone a job.

          • Andrew van der Merwe

            Where does one draw the line? It seems fine to have someone clean your bathroom and your toilet on a regular basis but would you consider it acceptable to have someone always flush after you? “I’m off to do my morning crap, Beauty, please be sure to flush for me soon afterwards
            …”

  • Hiren Patel

    But, the dog in the article image doesn’t look fussed at all 😛

  • Ken M

    Why are all these dog walkers in his view?

    Come on, domestic dog walkers, stay out of his view.
    You are wrong and unjustifiable!

  • Lord Alfred Milner

    Would you prefer to see my dog walking itself the next time you go on a run ?

    • juan

      That might motivate him to run faster, this will benefit the cardio of him and the dog. So a win-win situation.

    • LMAO. COTD. Brings back many frightful memories of my younger days wandering the streets.

  • Khalsa Singh

    I think the average domestic worker would much prefer a leisurely walk with dogs than cleaning a toilet or getting raped by the Madam’s poolboy.
    And how exactly does Maimame expect the dogs to get their excercise…….. this isnt a township where dogs just roam the streets.

  • MP3

    showing his true colours…

  • khule

    Oh well a lot of people are actually raised by their helps, I even saw a documentary where the helps bragged that she breastfed both her children and her employers(the employer did not deign to breastfeed her own child) Consequently, the white child grew up speaking vernacular and with an immense attachment to the woman who raised her. Money can buy you any thing including somebody to breastfeed your children, do your varsity projects, take your dog’s for a walk etc. Whether it is right or not should lie with your own conscience.
    I think what maimane is trying to say is some jobs you just have to do yourself or it actually defies the whole point of the exercise.

  • hairyback

    if my boss asked me to walk the dog while still on the clock I’d be all over that! Going for a leisurely stroll through a quiet neighbourhood, getting some fresh air, and being paid for it sounds wonderful.

    • khule

      What if you can’t stand to dogs? Don’t have a single pet in ur own home. Or worse still allergies

      • hairyback

        Then you probably shouldn’t accept a job in a dog lovers home.

        • khule

          Wrong!!! In reality, Im going to walk the dogs, it’s going to make me sick but there is nothing I can do about it because I need to make a living. Can I really afford not to work because there is something that I’m forced to do and is likely not even in my contract (oh sorry I don’t even have that)? I will do everything the employer asks me even spending quality time with her kids for her. That is the real world hairy, and none of the domestics complain about it. It is their reality

          • Lord Alfred Milner

            Sounds like you have never had a job before.
            Here is some news for ya:
            WE ALL HATE GOING TO WORK!!!!!!

          • Tania

            You are missing his point, but I agree, I have ended up working in “sick” buildings, aircon so moldy and musty that you could smell it from the reception area, but that’s what it takes!

          • khule

            Yes that was actually the point I was making. Read my other comment, I said what you choose for your employee to do should lie with your own conscience.

          • Chris

            Speak for yourself mate….

          • Lord Alfred Milner

            shhhhhh!!!

          • Tania

            Sadly, I have to agree with you. I often wonder about the impact of all the cleaning materials on the long term health of domestic cleaners.

          • brz

            “…the impact of all the cleaning materials on the long term health of domestic cleaners.”

            And I often wonder about the impact of the domestic cleaners on the long term health of my belongings.

          • Tania

            Hahhahaaha, I know, I have no jewelry left. None.
            But I have had helpers that were more trustworthy than some of my own family members. The human condition, sadly.

          • brz

            Very true.

          • RodneyVikens

            The one sitting at home doing nothing dies faster. In every job there is something that is not fun, but make best of it. Hopefully there are also good things.

          • hairyback

            Unfortunately people are employed to do a job, not just to get social benefits.
            I sit behind a computer all day, which hurts my back and strains my eyes, I breathe in the car fumes on the highway everyday for 2 hours in traffic, but I can’t say I want to work from home, or that I only want to work on the computer for half the day. I suck it up and do what I need to do, because that’s what I agreed to do.
            It’s unfortunate that the ANC hasn’t created an environment in this country where people can pick and choose their jobs, but as an employer I can’t allow work to go undone because those who were employed to do it “lied” to me about their ability to do it.
            I promise you, if you have allergies around dogs, walking them isn’t going to irritate your sinuses any more than sharing the house with them all day or cleaning all the dog hair off of the furniture.

          • John Phoenix

            With all due respect, you live in an entirely different world than the average domestic/unskilled worker. 1. That office with the air conditioning, Internet, coffee and access to tools/resources, and then having a car that can take you from a to b without being crammed into a tuna can with 14 other people. Most south Africans Don’t have that. So consider apples and apples when you say you have a tough time. Not knocking you, just saying.

          • hairyback

            I agree, they have a much harder life, but the point isn’t who’s life is harder, but rather that business operates on certain principles, and once you agree to take a salary from someone, there are certain things that are expected from you, and you can’t then take that contract once you have the job and scratch off all the things you don’t like about it.

          • John Phoenix

            I completely agree, at some point responsibility needs to be taken for ones’ actions, something that is sorely lacking in our various societies.

          • david

            You would suffer anyway since you would be in constant contact with the dogs at the house where you work. Its a bad example.

          • John Phoenix

            How are you ‘forced’ to walk a dog, or spend ‘quality’ time with someone else’s children, if it’s such a inconvenience for you then get steppin, there are plenty of families that don’t have pets that will contribute to your monthly paycheck.

      • Lord Alfred Milner

        So if my domestic has allergies I must get rid of my pets ??
        What will my kids say????? Or my wife?

        Best the domestic goes elsewhere.

        • Andrew van der Merwe

          If she doesn’t like it, you could just get someone else to walk your wife.

  • Lew Skannen

    This man is not fit to be a president. Cannot vote for the DA.

    • RodneyVikens

      He will keep you on a leash…

    • Tania

      The DA is not a one-man party like the ANC, and yes, he is inexperienced, he makes mistakes, but he doesn’t lie and steal. I can live with that.

      • Andrew van der Merwe

        That’s patronising. It may be true but you come off as thinking you know better, and in this instance, I don’t think you do.

        • Tania

          You know, coming from YOU, that is my comic moment of the day. Thanks for the laugh, it was more enjoyable than listening to Zuma being anti-corruption!

      • Lew Skannen

        No thank you. If he still leads the DA, my vote will rather go to a small unknown political party.

        • Tania

          To each his own.

        • Frik De Wet

          Yes, rather vote for a party with 0.4% of the vote out of spite, instead of voting for the best out of the bunch. Clever thinking.

  • Deal_with__it

    Wait till he hears that domestic workers also have to clean your toilet!

    • Lord Alfred Milner

      Or shingle your roof.

    • hairyback

      or wash skidmarks out of your underpants.

      • Deal_with__it

        Don’t wear.

  • chunk

    Sorry but i agree, i walk my own dog because i wanted the dog not to pawn of to to my domestic because i am lazy. WALK YOUR OWN DOGS.

  • Bianca Albesco

    Moosey obviously subscribes to Zuma’s view that walking dogs is a white thing. He also gets uncontrollably angry when he sees black people working in shops. Working is also a white thing, I guess.

    The DA’s token black boy is nothing more than Malema in a suit with a better speechwriter.

  • Betterestdayz

    There he is….

  • Blapartheid Zulu

    I would love to be paid to walk my employers dogs…. bettter tan sitting in office

  • Ubaba meet Baba

    Lol! For sure! I’d hate being paid to walk around Cape Town….

  • brz

    What has the exploitation bit at the end of the article got to do with walking the dogs?

  • YouDontEvenKnowMe

    3rd world problems

  • Graham Downs

    I guess if it’s clearly understood that dog-walking will be part of the job description, it’s okay. But it’s not really what I think of when I think of “domestic duties”. It might be a stretch to expect it from your domestic worker… but if he or she is okay with it, who are we to say it’s wrong?

    It’s sort of like expecting your domestic worker to help mind your children. I know many of them do, but technically, the person who fills that role is called a “nanny”, and a nanny doesn’t clean house – that’s a domestic worker. 😉

  • Clutching at straws Maimane. I hate dogs, but don’t see what the problem is. Also, why do you assume that all the black dog walkers are domestics. There are plenty of black people in the suburbs with their own dogs, who walk them regularly. Surely you have more important things to rant about?

  • Douglas Boshoff

    As usual, it’s just not a simple right or wrong. I’m sure that both the domestic and the dog probably enjoy the walk, but it is also very common for full-time domestics to spend more time with their employers babies/kids, probably more common than walking their dogs.
    So married couples will work longer hours to be able to afford a better lifestyle, which is mostly enjoyed by the domestic, lol….

  • Demisemi

    “Went for a run this am”…….

    Well, in the same light then, in my view this is wrong and unjustifiable, as, a public official he should be in office working
    Never mind that he could get mugged or attacked by said dogs, and that means us tax payers will have to fit his hospitable bills too.

    See how ridiculous this is Maimane ??

    Please rather keep your private thoughts to yourself instead of showing your short sightedness here.

  • Walk for money while guiding one of the most loved animals on the planet, sure! Wrong and unjustifiable I understand from a Racist point of view.

    • Wash toilets or walk dogs, what would you do 😀

  • In my view, going for a run in the am is wrong and unjustifiable.

  • Helldriver Phoenix

    This is the first bad thing I will say about Maimane. WTH dude? What a stupid fuking thing to say!!!??? Don’t you have better thing to complain about!!!???

  • Andrew van der Merwe

    From the Urban Dictionary:

    Walking the dog

    code word for masturbating when you don’t want people around you to know what you ar e really talking about. i.e. parents and children
    Bob: So, now that you and Cindy broke up, you have to start walking -the-dog huh?
    Gary: Yeah… but ya’ know .. I’ll find a new girl soon.
    Thier Mom: Boys….you shouldn’t expect women to walk-your-dogs, that is something you should do yourself. I walk-the-dog twice a day. It is good for everyone

    Gary: Yeah? Well look at that… good to know mom.. II’ll start walking the dog as much as possible..

  • Ludwig Churr

    Me thinks the man is to angry. Saw through him when I met him in person. More like this will follow in 2017.

  • Madimetsha

    A dog is suppose to be your friend, same as paying someone to entertain your wife or husband…

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