Some thoughts on the TUT Student Protest

2014-09-18 09:35

The South African youth should serve as hope for the future, they should bring hope for tomorrow. It is for this reason that we cannot sit back and watch young people who engage in violent protests. Something needs to be done, South Africa has been dubbed "the protest capital of the world” and has one of the highest rates of public protests in the world. While some young people in other universities are working very hard to improve the world, TUT students are busy “toi-toing" destroying their own infrastructure. I am not trying to look down at other institutions of higher learning but question the mediocre standards instilled in these institutions. I question the culture and the leadership of these institutions. Why is it that you will never find such behavior in universities such as Stellenbosch and UCT? Same principle applies with a child, if you let him get away with throwing a tantrum once he will do it again!! I think the leadership of these institutions should not shy away from punishing these students even if it means “ruining their future”, if they are willing to ruin our economy and destroy our infrastructure then they deserve everything that is coming their way.

For many years we have blamed our skin color and poverty for many things. It has got nothing to do with poverty trust me! In UCT you still get students who come from very poor backgrounds and do well. Again it has got nothing to do with wealth because in the same institution you get students who come from very wealthy background, doing well and keen to succeed in life.

What happened to the good old days when our parents used to work on weekends just to fund their studies? What happened to the whole notion of working hard for what you want? The government and NSFAS owes nothing to these kids.  South Africa is so used to getting everything for free. You want it, work for it!

These students claim to be fighting for their future, what are about those students who want to work for their future? Yes these students have a constitutional right to strike without destroying the infrastructure”!!! The students who are not striking also have a constitutional right towards education. In the spirit of hard work we have had kids who were educated by bursaries and some by the bosses of their domestic parents. If these students worked hard enough we should not even be having such protest, but because our government is deeply rooted with values that advocates rewards with no work, we will continue to have such challenges.

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