Stu­dent protests

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

Mr Botha does not con­done violence. The bus in­ci­dent was a to­tal sur­prise.

UWC when peace like a river flows. UWC when peace rains down to dowse the flames. UWC when peace set­tles like a soft mist. What will you do to ap­pease the flames within your hearts which burn and burn?

In ref­er­ence to stu­dents hid­ing be­hind masks while de­stroy­ing property: it shows that your cause may not be a good one.

So po­lice used UWC hooli­gans as hu­man shields? – Alec Sass­man, Grassy Park

I Read about the stu­dents trash­ing UWC and steal­ing from the tuck­shop. Who is go­ing to pay for the dam­age?

I do not know why wa­ter can­nons have not been used for the stu­dent ri­ots. It would cool them down and put out the fires. Enough is enough, now they must do some work and I sug­gest that stu­dents re­spon­si­ble for the van­dal­ism take part in the re­pairs as com­mu­nity ser­vice. – Jan­ice Cocks, Pinelands


To the City of Cape Town. Your elec­tronic plans sub­mis­sion sys­tem is just not work­ing. The six-month de­lay in the ap­proval of plans is neg­a­tively af­fect­ing the build­ing in­dus­try and the Western Cape econ­omy. – Con­cerned ar­chi­tect

I put up with bark­ing dogs 364 days a year, they can put up with my fire­works one night a year. – Dion Krige

I won­der what Colin Arendse and the ANC say about the huge DA suc­cesses in this week’s by-elec­tions?

Pres­i­dent’s jet

Num­ber 1 read­ing his mes­sage to the Ger­man chan­cel­lor: just send an e-mail. No jet re­quired. – J Mor­gan, Her­manus

Why does Pres­i­dent Zuma need a bed­room and bath­room on his new, ridicu­lously ex­pen­sive jet?

We are sit­ting with a wa­ter cri­sis, so do we buy a new jet for the pres­i­dent or do we re­solve to de­sali­nate sea­wa­ter? Just ask­ing. – Colin, Edge­mead

How about #Zu­mas­jet­must­fall? – Kay


Richard Ben­son, when are you go­ing to take cog­ni­sance of the fact that your in­ces­sant mono­tone is fall­ing on deaf ears? Please en­deav­our to di­vert your ob­ses­sion. Be­sides monotony per­son­i­fied, you have made your point. – C Ro­barts Betty’s Bay

I ad­mire Richard Ben­son’s re­lent­less cam­paign on be­half of road safety. One rule pedes­tri­ans and jog­gers should ob­serve is to walk fac­ing on­com­ing traf­fic. As an older cit­i­zen we learnt ba­sics in school but to­day traf­fic is so much denser. We need a real cam­paign to ed­u­cate. How­ever, obedience to rules seems alien to many

peo­ple to­day. – Rose Mor­ris, Diep River


I agree it is ab­so­lutely heart­less and dis­gust­ing that play­ers from 15-man rugby could dis­place those who have taken the seven-man game to where it is to­day.

Young white sports­men and women should pack their bags and head for a coun­try where there is no race card.

I am happy the black cricket play­ers spoke out. It is true just like with soc­cer and rugby. No one is se­lected on merit any more.


Given that it has been de­ter­mined South Africa has now had three con­sec­u­tive po­lice com­mis­sion­ers who have been found to be in­ap­pro­pri­ate for the po­si­tion, one can­not help but ask whether their ap­point­ments were not de­lib­er­ate. Per­haps poorly suited com­mis­sion­ers make it eas­ier for politi­cians to get

away with cor­rup­tion?

Par­lia­men­tary staff are all al­ready well paid. You can see by their pot­bel­lies. The pen­sion pack­ages are ter­ri­ble though. – From a per­ma­nent staff mem­ber

Hard-work­ing white and coloured peo­ple have been side­lined in the name of black em­pow­er­ment. Stop blam­ing the past and ac­cept that the gov­ern­ment has lost the plot be­cause of greed and cor­rup­tion. Nel­son Man­dela must be turn­ing in his grave.

DE­MANDS: Ne­hawu of­fi­cial Sthembiso Tembe ad­dresses union mem­bers in Par­lia­ment.

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