President must ‘explain phenomena’

2017-03-16 06:03

ABOUT seven years ago an aspiring medical student, who achieved seven distinctions out of her numerous subjects, was rejected by the university for tertiary studies.

A fellow matriculant, Thabo (fictitious name), with an aggregate between 40 – 50% was accepted to study medicine. The young girl insisted on achieving her dream. She was accepted by a British university, where she graduated as a doctor.

Her parents, who were unsure whether they could afford to sponsor her medical studies, celebrated her success by inviting their church congregants to partake in a special dinner to give thanks to God.

A week ago, the graduate doctor passed her first specialist exams, achieving honours, being placed in the top 10 graduates.

As her results were so outstanding, she is exempt from writing the second specialist exams. South African medical graduates are not required to write these examinations prior to practising as general practitioners – an indication of our low medical standard.

This is a blatant case of racism. The Muslims who have excelled as professionals and the Chinese who are entrepreneurs, adapted a work ethic to achieve an education, instead of demanding “freebies” and physically destroying our tertiary education structures.

What makes a racist? During the past week, a few atrocities were published in our local press. Imagine the excruciating torture of being torched alive. Who were the perpetrators? A 93-year-old was raped during an armed robbery. Who were the perpetrators? How many families have been shot, execution style and witnessed by family members! Who were the perpetrators?

Perhaps our president and his supporters can explain the above phenomena, rather than accuse whites of racism.

DR L.J. PELTZ

Ramsgate

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