The wrong approach
THE sad thing about service delivery protests across the country is they are cutting off their noses to spite their faces!!!
Every time there is a protest there is looting, arson, mayhem, stealing. The list goes on. In the Hout Bay protests tourists were caught up in the mêlée, with police firing rubber bullets at random.
Tourism plays a big part in the economy of Hout Bay, employing many from the Hangberg area, so as the Mariners Wharf director said, it simply doesn’t make sense. What does looting and burning have to do with their grievances? It just makes people harden their attitudes against the protesters.
The CPUT has suspended all activities on its campus due to violent protests that included the torching of an industrial design workshop. Here we go again. Just before exams there is chaos and the arson at the workshop is going to cost the university money they just don’t have. How can one stop this?
I read nine pupils have been arrested on arson and theft charges at Esokheni High School near Greytown. They were, wait for it!! demanding the building of a new school and said they must be provided with transport. I understand these grievances, but where do they think the money will come from now they have burnt school property. They also stole all sorts of things from their school that are needed for teaching. So once again, it doesn’t make sense.
There need to be much stricter measures taken against the looters and arsonists to show them zero tolerance of this behaviour. Students caught burning university property or school property don’t have the right to continue their studies – they must have the book thrown at them. Have they not learnt that you catch more with honey than with acid? We would have so much sympathy for them if they protested in a civilised manner. But sadly that is not the way in South Africa today, and I must say I don’t hold my breath anything will change. Barbie Sandler Claremont