It’s not my road!

Grocott's Mail - - YOUR SAY -

For­give the wretched of the earth for oc­ca­sion­ally burn­ing tyres on pre­cious roads and trash­ing your CBD.

For the tens of thou­sands of Gra­ham­stown’s res­i­dents with zero stake in this econ­omy, ram­pag­ing through town as they burn ef­fi­gies is a call of duty.

It’s es­pe­cially gor­ing for un­e­d­u­cated men over 18. Imag­ine he has lived on a child grant from Age 0; and he is sud­denly cut off on his 18th birth­day. Pray to tell please, what would has changed about a boy be­tween 17 and 18?

More­over, the postapartheid re­dress nar­ra­tive tends to fore­ground women, mean­ing that a black South African man stands an al­most zero chance of snar­ing a job from a com­pet­ing fe­male of sim­i­lar qual­i­fi­ca­tions ‒ as if apartheid gave black men any ad­van­tage over women.

No won­der these young men, de­spair­ing, emas­cu­lated, and ex­cluded from all walks of nor­mal South African so­ci­ety, are lash­ing out.

The ser­vice de­liv­ery protests are in­deed tame com­pared to the vi­o­lence these young men are ca­pa­ble of, as we all know.

This is not to ex­cuse them; but to ap­peal to those with any sense to project how long the coun­try is will­ing to wait be­fore its sullen young men ex­plode. It’s only a mat­ter of time, you see.

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