Meshack Mathe Vosloorus, Gauteng
Burning down schools is a disgusting habit. Most South Africans think that the government will only address their issues once they burn down government buildings. But by burning down state premises, you are not just hurting the government; you are hurting your community.
Before burning down schools, have you thought of your friend who is a teacher, a neighbour who cleans at the school, your child in that school? Did you think about the development of your community?
Burning down schools is a step back, not forward. The culprits are standing in the way of future ministers and doctors getting their education. Sidwell Tshingilane Soweto, Gauteng
Why burn the very thing that is supposed to improve your life? It’s cutting off your nose to spite your face. Textbooks are reduced to ashes – not a single page left. More than 20 schools have been torched. This is not on. It’s a huge tragedy. Learning and teaching end. Who is the casualty here? It’s those poor learners.
How do you feel when you see more than 25 000 kids not going to school because you’ve burnt the classrooms down? How do you sleep at night?
Burning down schools is an act of barbarism and a reversal of the civilisation of the African child.
But what about our government, which consistently ignores the cries of our people? Maybe even our intelligence service does not work.
No matter how bad the situation is, I would still want my child to go to school. No sane parent will burn down a school. Mangaliso Ngcobo Dobsonville, Gauteng
South Africans do not value education and the future of their children. We have demonstrated this in a number of incidents in the past and in the present. As a nation, we have failed to realise that true freedom lies in getting our young ones educated and not in denying them the opportunity to get an education just because we have a gripe with the municipality.
We fail to understand that the reason municipalities are unable to deliver a service to the community is because there’s a shortage of skills.
Preventing learners from going to school and burning down classrooms does not resolve the problems our municipalities are facing; it only exacerbates the problems.
This black-on-black destruction is taking black South Africans backwards. Once this hooliganism, disguised as a protest for or against a municipality, is over, what will happen to the children of Vuwani who will be left with no schools to attend? Steve Eldorado Park, Gauteng
Violence and destruction of property is not the answer to the lack of service delivery or the difference of opinions. Vuwani schools should not be rebuilt this financial year. Let the “suspected” arsonists get their day in court and serve time if found guilty. They are members of the same community in which these schools were burnt down. Unfortunately, the kids will suffer more. Rubs via SMS
Ido not care how angry the Vuwani residents are. Their barbaric actions of defying the law and burning down schools make one question their IQ levels. Do they still qualify to be regarded as human beings?