The FeesMustFall protest has in essence become a fight for free education. But as an early life lesson to all, nothing in life is free, and everything comes at a cost. And the situation is further complicated by the ‘tripartite’ approach to this mess. You’ve got government, universities, students and now a new fourth entity (the marauding thugs). How often we see the select few taint the wider group. All these entities see the picture a little differently and to find a common ground looks seemingly impossible.
UCT professor David Benatar takes a look at how the saga has played out. He says the rights of ordinary students and staff are being trampled by these marauding thugs. The solution is muddied but Benatar says if common ground is not found soon, all of South Africa will pay the price. And one wonders if all stakeholders involved realise the consequences of these actions. The article was first published on politicsweb. – Stuart Lowman
By David Benatar*