More than 5,000 matric students may have to wait three years before they can rewrite their school leavingÂ exams if they are found guilty of cheating. While students should face punishment for cheating in their exams, putting their lives on hold for three years seems a little harsh â€“ especially given the light sentences some criminals receive for far worse crimes. RAâ€™EESA PATHER brings you five examples that put things into perspective.
1. SHRIEN DEWANI
According to taxi driver Zola Tonga, Shrien Dewani offered to pay him R15,000 to murder Anni Dewani, who was killed while honeymooning with her hubby Shrien in Cape Town. How can a man possibly walk free after that? Oh, wait…
He may have killed Reeva Steenkamp, but it was all just a misunderstanding. The four shots he fired into the door? Well, it was an accident. And thus Oscar Pistorius got a five year sentence. Five years, people! Thatâ€™s the duration of high school. (If you survive). Not to mention that Pistorius will be eligible for parole after just 10 months.
3. HLAUDI MOTSOENENG
A week ago, Hlaudi Motsoeneng took some time out of his busy schedule to preach to journalists about the importance of a matric certificate. It seems Motsoeneng is starting to believe his fake certificate is actually real. Is it just us, or is using faked credentials not any different to cheating to get them in the first place?
4. PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA
Hey, President Zuma, we know you didnâ€™t ask for it, so weâ€™d really like our money back now. Maybe some of it can even be spent on improving education in SA? Also, give the nation a chance toÂ swim in the firepool.
5. LONMIN BOARD
In case you missed the latest from theÂ Marikana Commission of Inuiry… Well, actually not much has happened. Meanwhile, you might be happy to know the minersâ€™ widows have found a way to make ends meet: by working at the mine where their husbands were killed. Both Lonmin and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (who was on the mineâ€™s board at the time of the Marikana massacre) have been accused of colluding with the police. According to Dali Mpofu, advocate for the Marikana families, emails were exchanged between Lonmin management and the government ministers of police and mineral resources.
Ah well, at least weâ€™re holding our matrics to account, right?
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