ASHES

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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?

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