Most sports peo­ple have an ad­van­tage, not just Caster

Sunday Times - - Opinion -

The Caster Se­menya story, “Fu­ri­ous SA fights for su­per Caster” (April 29) is re­ally get­ting out of hand.

Do the peo­ple at the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions not re­alise that peo­ple are born dif­fer­ent and some have an ad­van­tage when it comes to sports? Think of that swim­mer with the ab­nor­mally large feet. Was it fair to have him churn­ing away with the Queen Mary’s pro­pel­lers while in the ad­ja­cent lanes swim­mers with sizes 8 or 9 could only pro­duce the rel­a­tive propul­sion of coast­guard cut­ters? Not fair, per­haps, but hey, that’s life and he got lucky in the foot depart­ment.

Taken to ex­tremes, this “un­fair ad­van­tage” stuff could boomerang on ath­letes with ex­tra-long legs, ex­tra-large lungs (such as Ethiopian run­ners who train at high al­ti­tudes) or ex­tra any­thing that makes them pos­si­bly more suc­cess­ful. The whole thing is to­tally daft.

Rose Chin­ery, Parkview

Please get us back on the bus

I write this let­ter as a frus­trated bus com­muter who has been af­fected by the on­go­ing bus strike, which started on April 18. I now have to spend R300 a week trav­el­ling to and from work. The past weeks I have wit­nessed fist­fights break­ing out, peo­ple be­ing stabbed and guns be­ing pulled out in an at­tempt to get in the taxi first. I have wit­nessed peo­ple col­laps­ing from stand­ing in long queues. We wake up as early as 4am just to be at the front of the queue and get the first taxi out.

We risk our lives as we pass through ma­raud­ing gang­sters who see this as an op­por­tu­nity to rob peo­ple.

A taxi that is sup­posed to be car­ry­ing 15 pas­sen­gers now car­ries 30 pas­sen­gers or more. I didn’t be­lieve that 30 peo­ple would fit in one taxi un­til I saw this. Pas­sen­gers’ liveli­hoods are at risk — some have been is­sued with warn­ings by their em­ploy­ers for be­ing late.

It sad­dens me that em­ploy­ers and unions can­not reach an am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion. It is un­for­tu­nate that the gov­ern­ment is not tak­ing a bold stand in this re­gard. I don’t un­der­stand the dy­nam­ics of wage ne­go­ti­a­tions, but surely some­how a com­pro­mise has to be made.

Mzamo Jika, Khayelit­sha

By whose mea­sure of mar­riage?

In re­sponse to “Proud fam­ily say love will Conco all” (April 29), a friend made me aware of my misog­yny when I men­tioned con­cern about the age gap be­tween Nonkany­iso Conco and for­mer pres­i­dent Jacob Zuma. She pointed out that we live in a world em­bed­ded with dou­ble stan­dards and il­lu­sions about what should be ac­cepted and what should not. Conco should be left alone. Who put the mea­sur­ing bar on what a mar­riage should look like?

El­gin Hlaka, Jo­han­nes­burg

Show some re­spect, peo­ple

South Africans and es­pe­cially the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try are hurt and sad af­ter los­ing the pre­cious lives of Akhumzi Jezile, Siyasanga Kobese and Thobani Mse­leni.

South Africans have hu­mour and have a way of turn­ing hard times into jokes and there’s ab­so­lutely noth­ing wrong with that, but I feel we must re­spect death and the fam­i­lies who have lost their loved ones. When so­cial me­dia memes and jokes are in­sen­si­tive to those in mourn­ing, we are be­ing un­fair and ir­re­spon­si­ble.

There is a clip of Kelly Khu­malo singing with Akhumzi that makes fun of Kelly. We all know she has noth­ing to do with the deaths of these peo­ple, but for some rea­son so­cial me­dia crit­ics and bul­lies have in­volved her. I don’t want to even imag­ine what her kid would say if she saw these things. Let us be more thought­ful and sen­si­tive to­wards each other. These jokes are not funny. Re­mem­ber that peo­ple were hu­man be­ings be­fore they be­come celebri­ties, and they still are.

Xolisile ‘Maguqa’ Guqaza, Jo­han­nes­burg

Mmusi is no Mampara . . .

Shame, shame Hog­a­rth (April 29). Your Mampara award is most un­de­serv­ing. Mmusi Maimane is one of our very few de­cent politi­cians who do not wave the race card. To sin­gle him out in the Pa­tri­cia de Lille de­ba­cle is un­fair and un­kind.

The Cape Town mayor has hardly dis­tin­guished her­self, in both man­age­ment style and in the per­for­mance of her of­fice. To en­joy but a third of her party’s sup­port is suf­fi­cient to show her the exit card. The fact that she is black is ir­rel­e­vant.

B Phillips, Ron­de­bosch

. . . in fact, he’s a model politi­cian

As one who had the priv­i­lege of be­ing Mampara of the week four times in my po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, I thought your com­ments about Maimane were nasty and mostly un­called for.

Un­like sev­eral other po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in South Africa one could name, Maimane is a gifted speaker, de­cent, hon­est, young and in­tel­li­gent, with­out even a breath of scan­dal sur­round­ing him or his lovely fam­ily. The coun­try has rea­son to be proud of hav­ing an op­po­si­tion leader who is an ex­am­ple to many and who is ded­i­cated to up­hold­ing the best val­ues of Nel­son Man­dela and the pro­vi­sions of our con­sti­tu­tion. Peo­ple like me, and mil­lions of other vot­ers, like and re­spect Maimane and we are glad to have him as our stan­dard-bearer.

Dou­glas Gib­son, for­mer DA chief whip

Supra a li­a­bil­ity in Zuma mould

Re “Supra stripped of con­trol of purse strings” (April 29): can’t the ANC re­alise that Mahumapelo is as much a li­a­bil­ity as Zuma was? Don’t they re­mem­ber 2016?

Fire Supra and de­liver ser­vices!

MN Xisinga, Wit­bank

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