Right and wrong non-negotiable

2015-09-02 06:00
Wageng Mekwa - Social Observer

Wageng Mekwa - Social Observer

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IN the history of mankind, doing the wrong thing has never succeeded in bringing about that which is right. Even when fighting for a good cause there will be no winner when the wrong methods are employed. Actually, those involved will emerge as losers in that the so-called winner will lose a friend and a previous good relationship will be destroyed.

Prior to 1994 many people were not free to express themselves. The undemocratic nature of the system made it impossible to air their grievances.

No provision was made for protests, hence people expressed their anger by resorting to acts which in themselves were wrong, such as destroying buildings, property, roads and by stoning and burning vehicles. Surprisingly, this type of behaviour has not been abandoned X even today in our new democratic dispensation. It seems to have become a habit.

This view is informed by the fact that people have become fond of performing actions that does not serve anything good.

Important facilities such as libraries are still being targeted and damaged when unhappy people protest regarding service delivery. Libraries are valuable sources of information for both young and old members of the public.

South Africans should refrain from destroying important assets which are meant to improve our life. Nothing should be destroyed during protest actions. All existing structures and assets are for specific purposes.

By destroying important assets like police vehicles we shoot ourselves in the leg, because we, in turn, expect the police to respond promptly to crime and emergency situations.

We fail to see how our irresponsible behaviour is adversely affecting service delivery. When we see drain covers being stolen, we should report it instead of throwing stones, blocking the drains and causing more damage.

It seems we have been making it our duty to vandalise schools, health facilities and unoccupied houses.

In the past, schools and health facilities were not guarded, because people realised how necessary they were for bringing about civilisation. The importance of these institutions cannot be overstated X clinics save lives, schools educate and both create employment.

Deliberate acts of vandalism show a lack of appreciation and nothing is achieved through this form of behaviour.

Money spent to repair what has been destroyed during protest actions could be spent on other projects to improve the situation.

When taking part in demonstrations it is important to do so in a peaceful manner. Causing damage is not the answer. It is wise to always make sure that our behaviour does not affect other members of the community negatively during protest actions.

Many people do not really understand the real causes of failed service delivery. For this reason it is necessary that proper communication takes place between the authorities and those who are affected. It should be explained why there is failing service delivery, be it lack of capacity, or old infrastructure needing repair or replacement.

Right remains right and wrong remains forever wrong.

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