‘PROSTESTING, BURNING AND LOOTING – A WAY OF LIFE

WRITES BUSISIWE VILAKAZI


Burn, burn, burn! Loot, loot, loot!

Protesting has become a way of life in South Africa.

It has become the norm for communities to voice their frustrations by protesting and ending off with looting.

The question is – how is looting related to your grievances?

Unemployment is on the rise but yet the very shops that are providing employment are being targeted to make a statement in a fight that is not even their own.

Protests will always be a part of South African history, but it does not need to be part of the future.

Young people are seen looting and they claim it is because they are unemployed and are tired of the situation that is not changing.

Is this the legacy the youth of 1976 left behind for young people? No!

Lives were lost in protests but the cause was a worthy cause because it was for the liberation of the people. It made the sacrifice more meaningful. Hence we do not forget where we come from and need to remember how far we have come. Is your protest a worthy protest that aims to change lives of many?

Burning businesses that put bread on tables of employers and employees – is that a worthy protest in any way?

We live in times where there are platforms to voice our issues but they are not effectively utilised.

I’m not judging or telling young people how to address issues, I’m simply asking think twice and act once.

What image are you painting of your community? Are you saying the next generation does not deserve decent facilities? If you loot a shopping complex that was built in order for employment to be created and save people money by not travelling to the city, then you are saying we are a senseless generation and we do not deserve such facilities in our kasi.

What difference are you making to your life and others?

Think of the damage caused after the protest and how it affects many.

Maybe at the time it seems okay to be looting and causing chaos, but things can get out of control and already the protests have left bad memories to many.

We all face challenges on a daily basis but what makes a difference is how we deal with them.