FAKE FAINT­ING IN YOUR SPARE TIME IS FAR­CI­CAL. IN THE CLASS­ROOM, FOOL­ISH

Pretoria News - - METRO - KENNEDY MUDZULI kennedy.mudzuli@inl.co.za

KING Mon­ada has cre­ated a mess – so pro­claimed a post on Face­book yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The so­cial me­dia user at­tached yet an­other video of the ab­surd faint­ing chal­lenge which has taken South Africa by storm. Oth­ers re­sponded with more pic­tures of peo­ple do­ing the #Idibal­aChal­lenge.

And mess is the best way to de­scribe what has been wit­nessed on­line. As an­other Face­book user re­marked, morals went out of the win­dow the day the world was given the in­ter­net.

To join, you sim­ply get some­one to take a video while you faint and post in on­line. The chal­lenge gets its name from the lyrics of the lat­est hit song, Mal­wedhe, by the Bolobedu house mu­sic mas­ter.

Sim­ply search for #Idibal­aChal­lenge and you will be shocked by some of the videos of faint­ing peo­ple that have been posted; oth­ers driv­ing, cook­ing, danc­ing… you name it.

How­ever, Hoërskool Aka­sia pupils took mat­ters too far when they took up the chal­lenge in a class­room, while a teacher was go­ing about her busi­ness.

A few ques­tions come up re­gard­ing the video. Chief among these is what hap­pened to the good old days when schools were a re­spected place. What were cellphones do­ing in a class­room any­way? MEC Panyaza Le­sufi, who con­demned the in­ci­dent, is of­ten on record em­pha­sis­ing the need for dis­ci­pline in schools. This should start with re­mov­ing cellphones and em­pha­sis­ing that schools are for learn­ing and teach­ing – and noth­ing else.

Hope you all have a good week­end. If you are gong to to Idibala, do so safely and re­spon­si­bly.

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