Abomination for individual to generalise

2016-06-09 06:00

A CAUSTIC toned correspondence from graduate critic, Dr Peltz, (Wanton destruction appalling, 2 June), with all its innuendoes, insensitivities and downright dishonesty has to be countered with a proportional response.

I hasten to initiate this response with a note of agreement on her views on the destruction of educational institutions. No sane individual can justifiably condone such outrageous acts.

The burning of schools at Vuwani will remain a lamentable moment in our educational annals.

Notwithstanding this event, I personally find it an abomination for an individual - a so called academic - to generalise, in such indiscriminate terms, about the calibre and character of South Africa’s children - both black and white. To conclude that our children are unable to “engage in abstract thinking”, are “abysmally ignorant” and hence “utterly stupid” is unforgiveable.

It would serve well to remind this individual that South Africa’s children have joined the highest echelons of academic achievement and that our children are still in great demand worldwide.

Having demolished the psyche of our children she postulate a blatant lie that government is in the process of expropriating land without compensation. Dr Peltz certainly requires some elucidation on this topic and I suggest that she study the Land Expropriation Bill of 2016. This Bill talks to fair compensation for expropriation. But even before that is done Peltz is advised to scrutinise the 1913 Land Act - a piece of legislation that dispossessed the indigenous people of South Africa and placed the land in hands of what is popularly termed “Colonialists”. Therefore it will be unconscionable for a government not to engage in a programme of restitution. Dr. Peltz must realise that her ideological expressions create fertile nurseries for radical groupings who, indeed, advocate for “expropriation without compensation”.

While I am not a fan of the CEO of SABC, I am inclined to support the non-commissioning of images of violence on TV. This narrative of violence has proved to become a citation of wanton destruction that we have seen spread throughout the country. From a pedagogical perspective I was taught that exemplification should not be done with negatives. As true patriots we should take every measure to douse the spread of violence in our country. And, removing displays of violence may just be one. However, one should not make a simplistic conclusion that I am an advocate for censorship.

As a society we cannot create space that allows for the prejudice and intolerance of Peltz to flourish unrestrained. She must realise that transformation is an imperative. Failures to do so only opens the door to revolution.

Dr Peltz gives the South Coast a bad name. She suffers the malady which I diagnose, with suspicion, as the “Sparrow syndrome.”

Ronnie Nair

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