Poor and help­less are al­ways the big­gest losers

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO LETTERS -

I WON­DER if protesters ever con­sider who ex­actly suf­fers the most dur­ing violent (or even non­vi­o­lent) demon­stra­tions.

Although their anger is di­rected against the politi­cians, bosses, com­pa­nies or busi­ness own­ers, it is the poor and de­fence­less that al­ways bear the brunt.

Take the cur­rent bus strike, for ex­am­ple. Who does it hurt the most?

Surely it is that poor per­son who has bud­geted his or her travel money and now has to fork out ex­tra to take a taxi to work.

And if they can’t af­ford that, they must stay at home and not be paid be­cause of their ab­sence from work.

Soc­cer fans are an­gry at their team, who they as­sume are en­ti­tled to win ev­ery tro­phy, ev­ery year.

So, they go on the ram­page and at­tack… not the club own­ers, but the se­cu­rity staff and in­no­cent spec­ta­tors.

A sec­tion of the com­mu­nity feels they are not get­ting jobs or work on construction sites.

So, they burn the road and block traf­fic – so that those who have noth­ing what­so­ever to do with the prob­lem are pun­ished.

It is a men­tal­ity I fail to un­der­stand.

Maybe one of them could en­lighten me: why do the in­no­cent bear the pun­ish­ment for the ‘guilty’?

OLD AND GREY

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