JZ’s lack of education

2013-03-10 10:00

It’s a fact that academics play a pivotal role in the development of a nation.

The recent lambasting of the ANC by many academics and intellectuals, mostly blacks, shows just how bad things are in the governing party.

I’m not suggesting that academics are superior to the illiterate and that anything they say must be heeded. We all know, however, the fundamentals of being well educated and the qualities that come with an intense education.

Professors Shadrack Gutto, Njabulo Ndebele and Barney Pityana, and Dr Mamphela Ramphele and many other academics, gave the ANC a very serious tongue-lashing.

I know that some people will apply defensive tactics and lame reasoning to suggest that these educated men and women are saying these things only because President Jacob Zuma is uneducated.

It is a fact that Zuma’s lack of formal education exposes his thinking and way of doing things.

And indeed, if he had been to a classroom, he would have reacted smarter to a lot of issues affecting our nation.

I echo Pityana’s statements “that since Zuma’s administration took over, the balance within the ANC has shifted.

That the ANC has become less and less tolerant of divergent views and opinions, and there’s a lot of disillusionment­ with the leadership”.

No amount of money can buy the benefits of education.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.