A more robust response to violent protests called for

2017-06-08 06:00

IN my earlier years, when my generation of youngsters and I attended school, we walked to school.

Schools were in our neighbourhood. Why are pupils now travelling far and wide for their education, increasing the risk of unsafe and illegal travel, and increasing the poor family’s expenditure?

I know the government choir will sing the chorus “no infrastructure”, but after 23 years, what gives?

Parents must now re-engineer the revolution and demand that the government build sustainable schools in our local neighbourhoods and fund the human and material resources appropriately.

Protests have evolved from the days of the struggle and nowadays have taken on a new meaning and carry a hidden agenda. We, the common citizens, can see the political agendas so clearly.

So this calls for a more robust response to these violent protests by certain and particular groups. More than likely, one group of professional protesters is bused in all the time for various strike and protest action.

This, I allege, is an obsolete strategy. I submit that these protests must now be analysed properly and audited. For instance, the musos’ protest in Durban recently.

How many protesters were indeed real musicians?

How many can prove that this is their bread and butter?

With this kind of information, the government can assess the outcry and deal with it accordingly.

Ninety percent local is lekker if our musicians can make a sustainable living, but is bad when one cultural group is forced to listen to and watch cultural material that is foreign to them.

Live and let live.

ALEC JORDAN

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