Protesting students - nothing is owed to you, go out and earn it

2016-10-05 06:00

MY father-in-law made a very apt point during a chat about the ongoing university protests.

Many of the students who are rioting for free education come from private high schools where they paid in excess of R100 000 a year in fees.

Those who are poor maybe deserve as much help as they can get, but after their actions, they pretty much destroyed any sympathy one would have had for them.

These students need to realise that even if free education is approved tomorrow, they still need buildings and libraries to study in.

How about hunger strikes and tying themselves to poles to make a point, which will be even more effective?

I pose the question to them - if they want free education, are they also willing to work for nothing when they find employment?

It baffles me how they expect something­ to be free, as well as being something of good quality at the same time.

I have news for them - these two are mutually exclusive - are these our future doctors and engineers? Most of these students fail even to pass their courses and use rioting as a method to postpone exams.

Nothing is owed to you. Go out and earn it like the rest of us did.

What next, #TaxesMustFall?

MALUSI MAGWAZA

Lincoln Meade

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