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‘The burning of institutions by protesters is unacceptable’

Advocate George Bizos says despite anger & protests during the struggle, they never burnt down infrastructure.

FILE: George Bizos. Picture: Louise Mcauliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As schools and universities in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng receive part of former President Nelson Mandela's estate, advocate George Bizos says the burning of institutions by protesters is unacceptable.

Yesterday, Dikgang Moseneke and Bizos announced that they are in the final stages of administering the former president's estate.

Some of the beneficiaries are schools from Qunu and Orlando West, along with the University of Fort Hare and Wits University.

When asked about protests in Vuwani, Limpopo where classrooms were torched, and the fire at an auditorium at the University of Johannesburg, Bizos had one response for protesters damaging infrastructure.

"Don't cut off your nose to spite your face."

He says he led his fellow students in protests during the struggle but they never burnt down their own infrastructure, despite their anger.

Instead, Bizos says, struggle stalwarts would use other forms of protest.

"We protested against the government's policies in relation to education, but never once did we damage anything relating to education."

He says Mandela always valued and fought for access to basic and higher education.