Protests should not cause death, damage: iLIVE
Winter is the season of civil unrest over service delivery in Khayelitsha, Western Cape.
Community members' shacks are flooded during storms because of a failing RDP housing system.
Protests are a proudly South African phenomenon. But they can result in death.
In a recent protest-related incident , a Golden Arrow bus was stoned in Khayelitsha. The driver was killed after losing control of the bus during the attack.
I have often witnessed Khayelitsha residents throwing dirt in front of their houses and burning tyres just across the road from where they live - all as part of their call for improved service delivery.
I have experienced the difficulty of travelling in a Golden Arrow bus during taxi strikes.
Fortunately, I have lived to tell the tale.
I have witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly of township life.
During service-delivery protests I have witnessed poor thought patterns.
Why throw stones at residents if you have a problem with officials?
Why kill an innocent bus driver who is part of your community?
I thought the point of protesting was to voice concerns, not to damage property.
How will throwing stones and dirt solve anything?
Shouldn't the community throw dirt at Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's office instead?
The likes of Zille are sitting in parliament making amendments regarding community concerns. Though I am a proud Khayelitsha resident, I admit that our poor thought patterns are demonstrated by the fact that we damage community halls.
This is absurd. I am also saddened by the fear that taxi drivers inject into Metrorail passengers when they are on strike.
I'd rather desist from protesting than be involved in damaging the bus I use to get to school.