Truck driver Drizzy has more advice for protesting students

2016-09-22 12:03
Touwsrivier internet sensation Josh Dizzy Bergh. (Supplied)

Touwsrivier internet sensation Josh Dizzy Bergh. (Supplied)

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Johannesburg – University drop out and Touws River truck driver Josh 'Drizzy' Bergh, has become an internet sensation with his advice to protesting students.

“I can’t believe that my video attracted so much attention. I never expected it for one moment,” he told News24 on Wednesday. 

 “Ek stem nie saam met die kak nie, kry net rigting in julle lewe en wees meer civilised. (I don’t agree with this crap, get direction in your lives and be a little more civilised),” Bergh says in his colourful Afrikaans in a cellphone video he posted on Facebook.

Students need to go back to studying history, he says. He expresses dismay at the fact that students expect fees to fall when government has to spend money fixing and replacing what they destroyed during their protests.

By Wednesday evening, the three-minute video had been shared more than 20 000 times and viewed more than 200 000 times. 

Former University of the Free State vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen was one of those who shared it.

“I rest my case. You sir, are educated. Often wisdom comes from the most (extra) ordinary citizens. Listen to this young man,” Jansen commented.
Bergh (27) told News24 that getting a bursary to study at a university was a privilege.

“The government is giving them an opportunity to make something of their lives and achieve something, but they are taking it for granted.” 

He intended for the video to be an eye-opener for the students taking part in protests against university fees.

“University's supposed to be the best time of your life, but these protesting students are wasting it.”

Dreams of being on stage

He describes himself as a friendly and "jokey" guy, someone others want to have around.

He has been driving trucks for an environmental service for almost five years. Before he became a truck driver, Bergh studied finance at Northlink College in 2010.

“It wasn’t what I really wanted to do, that is why I left it. However, I regret dropping out of college till today.”

He dreams of being on stage and entertaining people. He always wanted to do drama. 

“Acting and entertaining is a natural trait for me. It is the only time I can be myself.”

His cousin, best friend, and biggest supporter, Sarelda Nicholas, says his potential will take him to great heights one day.

“He has talent that has been hidden for so long. I am very excited about his future.”

She says Bergh went through a difficult time in his life, but God carried him through.

During his spare time, Bergh writes songs for Sarelda.

“He writes songs for me now and then. It shows the passion he has for music and entertaining. I just wanted to keep the passion burning.”

She has known Bergh for more than 15 years, and the two have been inseparable ever since. 

After seeing the movie “Noem my skollie” with his friend and actor in the movie, Gershwin Mias, Bergh told his cousin that that was what he always wanted to do.

“I could see the desire in his eyes when he spoke about it. I told him to never give up on it.”

She says Bergh inspires everyone around him.

Bergh made an English video too, even though according to him his "vernacular isn't great".

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