I want us to take a serious look at the extent of damage the service delivery protests bring upon society. We wake up daily to public outcry, with an array of issues. The land issue is rearing its ugly self in many areas. We hear people taking land by force. In response, authorities exert the law and this leads to violence that includes the burning of tyres and the stoning of cars.The constitution says everyone has a right to protest as long as long as this does not infringe on the right of others.The last statement might ring true if it is explained or interpreted in a court of law, but does not in our Kasies. We have a way of just doing things and totally ignore the law. If you do highlight this problem, you are immediately branded a reactionary, unless you look the other way. The inconvenience cause by these upheavals can make people lose interest in the genuine grievances of the people.The real plight of our people tends to be overshadowed by the destruction that follows these protests.People are tired of these promises, but I maintain that the destruction we see is a thing of the past and has served its purpose. One thing we need to take cognizant of is the fact that most of these things are ours and lots of people own cars and you are causing another damage to a fellow citizens. We use taxis and buses and this is an inconvenience to commuters. Back in the days, this would have sounded reactionary, but it is the fact of the matter and a reality. People who are highly affected are us. If there was another way of protesting that would cause less destruction, less inconvenience, less violence and less trouble, I would suggest it.But I am making a plea with our people to direct their grievances to the relevant authorities.When we ushered in our democracy, we were told that our votes are our weapons.That if things do not satisfy one, you use that weapon to teach those in power a lesson. Maybe we are voting for popularity instead of voting for what we really need. My plea is that our townships are fast becoming no go areas and hard to roam around as you don’t know if you might just come across a service delivery protest in an instant. It is like an everyday and normal event. Our leaders need to be put to task to look into our problems before the masses go out and vent anger publicly. Cyril has asked ukuba kuthunywe yena!