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Eusebius McKaiser, Acerbic South African Political Analyst, Dies at 44

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Eusebius McKaiser, a South African writer and broadcaster who focused a sharp and often unsettling gaze on his nation’s struggles with apartheid’s legacy in race, politics, sexual violence and identity, died on Tuesday in Johannesburg.

He was 44. The cause was thought to be an epileptic seizure, according to his manager, Jackie Strydom. His associates said he had shown no symptoms of illness immediately before his death and had been working as usual.

This week, Mr. McKaiser completed a podcast excoriating the dominant African National Congress of President Cyril Ramaphosa and bemoaning the inability of the opposition to offer South Africans a viable electoral alternative.

He enjoined his listeners to blame the A.N.C. for the country’s crumbling national electricity grid, which for years has operated with hours of rolling blackouts across the land. “The effects of blackouts aren’t random, natural events,” he said. “They are foreseeable consequences of corruption, state capture, technocratic ineptitude and unethical and ineffectual leadership by the A.N.C.-misled government.” In a continent where a growing tally of governments embrace homophobic policies and practices, Mr.

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