THE Witness’s lead story regarding student protests and the costs incurred ((April 13) was mind-boggling to say the least. Amounts across all universities roughly totalled R300 million. The acts of vandalism by the students involved surely cannot go unpunished? Have there been cases brought against these students, or will they simply be allowed to get away with it?
The scary aspect is that the very same students are our future accountants, doctors, lawyers and professionals; people who will be responsible for the country’s progress. All these criminals should be utterly ashamed of their behaviour, which I sincerely hope they regret. These funds could have been used to fund their studies in the form of loans and financial aid, but instead have to be used for unnecessary repairs.
These unruly acts simply defeated the purpose of their protests and the Department of Education needs to take responsibility here and ensure this does not happen again. The parents of these students have some explaining to do as well. How have you brought up your children? To all those students involved: it is obvious that you do not respect education. Shame on you!