Third force at work?

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I BE­LIEVE that what you earn with hard work, you al­ways strive to keep.

I am 49 and un­em­ployed. One of the stu­dents in­volved in the #FeesMustFall saga is my child. I have been pay­ing the fees from my sav­ings. We hear that fees must fall, but no one pro­vides a so­lu­tion on how to re­solve the mat­ter. We also don’t see sup­port from the cab­i­net for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Blade Nz­i­mande. (Maybe his party’s de­ci­sion to con­test the 2019 elec­tions is the rea­son he’s go­ing solo.)

Per­haps we are see­ing an un­seen “third force” like in the 1990s that is at work be­hind the scenes – one in­tent on de­rail­ing di­a­logue – to see goals achieved at all costs (even de­stroy­ing in­fra­struc­ture). I be­lieve that the real is­sues have taken a back seat, but some­one with in­flu­ence will step in to use this pe­riod of “start-up demon­stra­tions” to achieve their hid­den agenda.

The protests are a di­gres­sion from real is­sues such as un­em­ploy­ment and crime. Higher ed­u­ca­tion is not a right but a priv­i­lege.

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