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Wednesday, 08 August 2007 11:30

Bill for random school searchers

Bill for random school searchers

Daily News

While the intended Bill for random school searchers may be a good control measure to bring some sanity and peace at our schools, however the question whether teachers and educators should do the searchers is questionable.

Teachers will be at a greater risk of being targets of intimidation and violence. Their lives will be in danger as pupils nowadays are fearless and teachers no longer have a commanding position to discipline the pupils as in the past. Hence it would be better for the law enforcement and/or the schools’ governing body to conduct searches.



Rochdale Park

Tuesday, 14 August 2007 11:05

Friday-No School

Daily News

Concerned parents and pupils are up in arms against the decision to
close school on Friday. This concern seems legitimate considering the
number of school days missed in this term.

No compromise should be made on the remainder of the recovery plan set by the government. In fact, the closure of Friday has in many ways dampened the
spirits of learners who are relying on the recovery plan.

Junaid Essop


Wednesday, 15 August 2007 11:03


The Mercury

The taking of hostages by the Taliban has raised so much of concern as is the case in such instances where Muslims are concerned. But, shockingly and disgustingly no concern is shown to millions of innocent people that have suffered at the hands of coalition forces led by the US and its closest
ally, the UK.

Who is responsible for the innocent lives lost and injury to the people of Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq - to mention a few? There is no one to mourn their deaths because they were from the Muslim faith. Don't these people have life and feelings for their loved ones just as the Koreans have
Who is there to shed tears for them - does anyone care?

We must be fair and not intentionally miss the point: why the vast disparity when Muslim lives are lost then a no-care attitude is adopted despite the fact that the US indiscriminately kill innocent people. What about the people inside their own country that face torture all in the name of justice and protecting the peaceful & loving people of the world against terrorism? It is time the world stood up to true justice and works together for peace.
Let's all pray.

Junaid Essop


The Daily News

It is shocking news to hear of government officials on official visits overseas are instead "sightseeing and shopping". In one report, some

Officials were allegedly to be out for half a day or most of the day on such trips. The government should surely be concerned. The President has raised the issue after Brazil complained.

President Mbeki must have been embarrassed wondering where on earth our representatives where when on duty. This does not paint a very good picture for South Africa, especially being a leading nation in the African continent. A similar attitude should be adopted at all levels of government
in the country. This by no means should be seen as a negative move or
something sinister but a move to help South Africa.

Ebrahim Saab


Friday, 17 August 2007 11:10

Run-away fires

Daily News

In the last two weeks, fires have dominated our headlines with so many run-away fires and burnt homes throughout the country.

It is indeed unfortunate that so many people have lost their lives. While accidents do occur from time to time, the fire department should consider printing guidelines on fire safety targeting household fires as a
priority. These notices/announcements should be published in newspapers countrywide starting from KZN.

Small inserts can go a long way in improving the situation.

Junaid Essop


Saturday, 18 August 2007 11:05

Escapees from prisons

The Mercury

Escapees from our prisons are a big concern to all South Africans. We are told that most escapees are very dangerous, hardened criminals who, in most cases, have been serving life sentences. Their profile is such that they are not fit to engage with society on any level.

Your report on the Kokstad prison sends a poor message to the kind of organised system adopted by the correctional services department. While prisons countrywide are overcrowded, the Kokstad prison is far below its intake capacity. Moreover, this prison is probably the country's best designed.

But because of a poor excuse of insufficient water to the area, the prison cannot be used to its maximum capacity. Its planning was somewhat a disaster and we cannot afford such mistakes in the future.

After all, the tax-payer is footing a large part of the bill.

Abdullah Anwar

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