Dear Dr Muthwa
The continued disruptions to the education of our children for which we have already paid refers:
As a right thinking South Africans we initially had a lot of sympathy for the #FeesMustFall protestors
As a parents our hearts bled for those unable to study because of limited access to funds
We confess, we also supported the #FeesMustFall movement for our own selfish reasons
We are thankful that we could only just afford to send our children to a local university
In life reality always wins
The protesting students have now crossed the line
When we were young we also protested against apartheid, conscription and for the right to wear what we wanted
We knew that if we vandalised and destroyed public property there would be consequences
What are we teaching our youth? How will they become productive members of society if all they learn is to be criminals?
With the dawning of democracy we all rejoiced to finally have MAJORITY rule
Are we now regressing to the days of apartheid as the MINORITY seem to rule the universities?
When the tail begins wagging the dog anarchy will reign
What about the rights of those students who are paying/have bursaries/whose parents are paying for them?
How dare this small band of students demand free education immediately?
Have they no idea of how to balance a budget?
Our real fear is that if we accede to these demands we will then be setting up another ‘gimme generation’ for failure.
If the students don’t want to be grateful and negotiate like adults then treat them like children and take away their sweeties.
Surely in our democracy the NMMU would be within their rights to hold a referendum, ask the students to VOTE and then the MAJORITY vote would stand?
One last question; “When can I expect my credit for the classes, tests, tuts and exams missed?”
P!ssed Off Paid in Full Parents
Editor: We South Africans need to unlearn many of the painful lessons from the days of Apartheid which taught citizens that violence and the threat thereof were the only ways that we could bring about meaningful change.
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