Letter: Varsity protests raise many questions

Some serious questions need to be asked with regard to the current student protests.

Why did the minister of higher education decide to announce the limit on fee increases at this time? Surely a better strategy would have been to wait for the exams period to be over before stirring the pot on this subject?

Is this communist party minister part of the problem? He says the right things, but is he intent on causing disruption at the universities, knowing the eventual violent outcome?

Is he naive or if not, then who is advising him? Why were the security establishment, the police and army not pre-warned of the announcement and a strategy for handling the obvious violent outcomes not planned for by the government and each university?

Are we sure that these so-called students are in fact students at these universities or are they just common criminals taking advantage of the inflammatory situation or, worse, students who know that they will not pass their exams at the end of the year and couldn’t care less? Why are the majority of students who want to learn and attend lectures, and write exams not standing up and being counted – the protesters seem to be in the minority?

As a parent of two daughters who are in tertiary education, I am appalled that I am paying for educating them at institutions that yield to the demands of the minority when they should be protecting the rights of the majority of students who deserve a peaceful environment for their studies not ruined by criminals, thugs and failing students.

The response of the ANC to close the universities for a year is irresponsible, this is not an option. What is an option is to address these riots and calm the system down, by controlled force if necessary, for these thugs will not see reason and are intent on destruction and mayhem to the detriment of the majority of students poor, middle class and wealthy who just want to study and achieve a degree.

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