Stu­dent lead­ers avoid real is­sues

Sowetan - - Opinion -

When Blade Nz­i­mande, as min­is­ter of higher ed­u­ca­tion, left aca­demic mat­ters to toyi-toyi over a paint­ing, many young peo­ple were watch­ing closely.

Years later dur­ing the Fees Must Fall protests, Nz­i­mande acted as if he does not know what a protest is. Per­haps South Africans get bored quickly and so are in con­stant need of some­thing to protest about.

In a way, protest­ing is a form of en­ter­tain­ment. The type of stu­dent lead­er­ship in this coun­try is a tick­ing time bomb ready to ex­plode and cause an­ar­chy. These pop­ulists do not ad­dress the real is­sues stu­dents face. In­stead, they make a name for them­selves through or­gan­is­ing vi­o­lent protests.

They seem not to think be­fore they act. The re­ward is that they will be recog­nised by their re­spec­tive po­lit­i­cal par­ties for a higher po­si­tion in govern­ment or in the party. Let us take the de­mand for no fees, for in­stance. Where would the money come from, see­ing that the coun­try is in junk sta­tus?

Khotso Moleko, e-mail

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