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Lights, Camera... Protest

27 January 2014, 18:32

January 27, 2014

The young only have their elders to learn from. That is fact.

Whether those elders are their parents, their older siblings, whomever you wish to put there, you will find this a truth that has stayed constant throughout human history. Is it then no surprises that history so often repeats itself?

So I honestly wonder why it is that we keep history books. What are we trying to prove?

As I observe protesters march about blowing that annoying horn, as they dance and sing in grievance into the halls of University of Johannesburg, I try very hard to understand what it is that they think they will accomplish. Of course that’s after I get over the whole mistake of wondering what these bunch of children are doing making a noise everywhere.

Eventually someone was kind enough to beam some light underneath the rock I have apparently been living under and told me that students [or as I now understand it, would-be students] are protesting against the NFS bursary offices who have revealed they are basically broke.

Now my understanding of that office and it’s ever rarely dished out [in my experience] bursaries, is that it is a GOVERNMENT funded type of institute and here is where my confusion comes in.

If this is a government screw-you-I-needed-a-fire-pool situation, then why protest at the university and endanger the lives of the other innocent bystanders? How is that going to garner any sort of return to you as a student?

From what I have seen and heard, things are so bad that even the police are getting involved and UJ’s security is being beefed up more and more. The labs, students use to register and conduct other necessary duties for their registration, are being shut down due to these children [and yes, that is what they are being] and the lines into the finance department are being heavily regulated by a guy who really looks like he wishes he was somewhere else and not there dealing with a bunch of foul-mouthed beings who just stand there and mouth off about how racist the system is.

Well excuse me for stepping up and smacking that race-card to the floor with a sledgehammer.

Speaking as a student, as far as I have gotten in the system with NFS bursaries they are VERY BEE-orientated, how the poor security guys are treated and treating [in kind] the protesters has absolutely nothing to do with that. Two different things!

It angers me when children mouth off like that without realizing the repercussions.


As for the government-funded bursaries that are empty, well at least you seem to have gotten to the ‘notification’ part of that relationship. Some of us get the door slammed in our faces and have to find other ways of funding our education, because we are either not ‘disadvantaged’ enough to be considered or have been classed to have had too many benefits to qualify, all of course, without actually inspecting the person.

But I am biased in this view, so forgive me while I stand neither here nor there in terms of the ever so popular ‘race card’.

But really though, where should the blame lie? It’s not like children learned on their own that yelling until the cameras come and the police round you up, then only ‘they’ will listen.

I cringe at the thought of any news that will come out later where people were harmed due to these protests, that frankly were done at the wrong venue, but hey who am I to say?-

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