Pub­lic loses sym­pa­thy when vi­o­lence comes with protest

The Times (South Africa) - - Opinion&letters -

● The sad thing about ser­vice de­liv­ery protests is they are cut­ting off their noses.

Ev­ery time there is a protest there is loot­ing, ar­son, may­hem, steal­ing.

In the Hout Bay protests, tourists were caught up with po­lice fir­ing rub­ber bul­lets at ran­dom. Tourism plays a big part in the econ­omy of Hout Bay, em­ploy­ing many from the Hang­berg area.

What does loot­ing and burn­ing have to do with their griev­ances? It just makes peo­ple harden their at­ti­tudes against protests.

The Cape Penin­sula Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy has sus­pended all ac­tiv­i­ties on its cam­pus due to vi­o­lent protests.

Here we go again. Just be­fore ex­ams there is chaos and the ar­son of the work­shop is go­ing to cost the univer­sity money.

How can one stop this? Much stricter mea­sures need to be taken against the loot­ers and ar­son­ists to show them zero tol­er­ance of this be­hav­iour.

Stu­dents caught burn­ing univer­sity prop­erty don’t have the right to con­tinue their stud­ies. - Bar­bie San­dler, Clare­mont

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