While many South Africans are proudly celebrating their achievements during this graduation season, one disgruntled student at University of Johannesburg used the platform to address his struggles with the management of the university.
The young man passionately shared that he had been fighting suspensions since 2015 and that the “racist management” did not win the battle because he managed to graduate anyway. He added that they were preventing him from furthering his studies and obtaining his postgraduate degree.
South Africans reacted to a video of the event which was shared on social media, and had mixed reactions.
Mzansi sympathised with the man’s feeling of marginalisation and related to the experience of feeling oppressed by an institution that does not want them to succeed. Many users applauded him for venting his frustrations at the graduation as a desperate last hope that someone will respond, but others felt that it was not the best platform.
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Sizakele Mavundla, wrote:
“There is a reason he chose to use this particular platform. His level of frustration has reached the highest threshold. Criticise him all you want but the reality is we are all angry and we will eventually reach a boiling point. We are a failing state. We damn frustrated.”
Users also felt as though the student had sacrificed a lot for other students who could at least spare a moment to let the student express his anger at a failing system, rather than being embarrassed by him.
Conversely, other users, such as Makombandlela on Twitter, felt that the graduation was a special occasion for many people who struggled their way to obtaining a degree and felt it ruined their day as well.
“He’s wrong there are many platforms to raise his concerns starting with the SRC office. Why spoil such a big event for his ego and political immaturity,” Makombandlela wrote.
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