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Jonathan is not the only problem

19 July 2012, 12:00

We all must know that Jonathan is not the only problem we have in this country. It is time we started looking inwards to audit our actions and inactions. From the man that is called to sweep the streets to the man who heads the union, from the lawyers, doctors, engineers to the artisans we all must pause to check if truly we are doing the best we can as human beings and as whatever we are called to be.

I was in a BRT on my way to my office two days ago. Somewhere along the way, three kids in school uniforms were about to enter the same bus I was on. First let me say I have never seen children of such an age range treated so nastily and strangely enough it was the driver that did.

The moment these children stepped onto the bus, the driver (here referred to as 'the man') dived from his seat shouting at the kids to get out of the bus (they did not buy enough tickets to cover the three of them). I was perplexed as to what the man was shouting about and before I could gather my wits to react, the man was already forcefully dragging the kids out of the bus.

A passenger close by then rose up and started dragging the kids back onto the bus. This became a tug of war with the kids as the rope. The tugging continued for a few seconds with all sorts of mind prickling comments and altercations between the sitting passengers.

The most annoying of such arguments was the one I had with the man seated beside me (here referred to as the 'the stranger').

"Why can't this driver just allow these kids sit and let us go?" I said to no one in particular considering the fact that I was getting late. "Why should he? Why should he?" the stranger shouted and continued "This is his office he can do whatever pleases. Let him drag those kids out, he has his reasons."

I was shocked by the stranger’s response and was torn between giving him icy silence or a long lecture on how to treat kids. The stranger started again: "You don't know what those kids are capable of. Some of them will jump off when the bus is at full speed." He paused and looked at me. I replied with my coldest look. Then the stranger asked: "Don't you do whatever pleases you in your office? Can I come into your office and order you around?"

I replied the man that I could not and would not do whatever I chose to do in my office as there are procedures that I must follow and I follow them duly. I also asked what he would do if those kids were his, to which he could not find an answer.

While he was looking for a response I told him that if everyone uses their office as they wish, like this particular BRT driver, then this country has more problems than I thought. As much as the man is not Jonathan, he obviously is the Jonathan of his bus. And if he chooses not to protect children, then our future as a nation deserves a moment of silence.

The children were eventually wrestled onto the bus, the driver almost had a fight with the passenger who tugged them in.

The most depressing part was that the rest of the passengers were divided as to who was right or wrong and this brought tears into the eyes of my very soul - that at this time we are still at this stage!

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