Do not use foul means to achieve good goals

2015-12-03 06:00
 Author Sivuyile Steven cautions against the use of unnecessary methods to raise issues.

Author Sivuyile Steven cautions against the use of unnecessary methods to raise issues.

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The manner in which people raise their grievances by acts of vandalism and the burning of crucial facilities boggles the mind.

The question that is uppermost in my mind is: Why do we destroy what we have in order to get what we don’t have.

The way in which our people vandalizes and destroy structures that are meant to help our social welfare is really appalling.

I have seen people in different communities doing same and even setting alight municipal facilities when they are protesting, especially around service delivery issues.

I believe the facilities that are being destroyed are part of service delivery too. Government spends a lot of money to build them but we destroy them and yet we will still need them to be rebuilt. I wonder whether we know how much these facilities cost.

I believe that for government to rebuild what has been destroyed, it affects or delays other planned developments.

Everyone around the country supports the fees must fall campaign. I am fully conscious of the pain of being deprived an education because of lack of funds, but I am worried about the way things have turned since the campaign started, and how the matter was handled.

They (students now) commit acts of violence, vandalism, intimidation and arson.

Universities around the country are in danger of being set alight by their own students.

I was once a student and I will always remain as one. The cost of the damage to the campuses runs into millions; money that could have been used to fund their education. All I am asking of my fellow students and community members is to do the right thing, and not resort to doing wrong in order to achieve the right things. As a result of their “reactionary” actions, some of the students are now facing charges and that is not good at all. I hope my fellow South African are hearing me very well.

Sivuyile steven KHAYELITSHA

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