LAWRENCE Troon, it is admirable of you to defend our president, Jacob Zuma ("Wrong to ridicule Zuma", September 21), but we should call a spade a spade.
I admire Prof Jonathan Jansen greatly, and my 18-year-old daughter also gets a glint in her eye and a smile on her face when we talk about him, which does not happen when we discuss Zuma. It would be very naive of us as adults to believe that our children are unaware of what has happened and what is still happening in our country.
For goodness sake, these were high school pupils he was addressing! Do you realise how many enlightened minds we have at these schools?
Mr Troon, when last have you had a conversation with a teenager? Try it and you'll be pleasantly surprised to discover the treasure that is stored in that young brain.
You'll even learn a thing or two, or is it a matter of "moenie doen wat ek doen nie, doen wat ek sê! (don't do what I do, do what I say!)"? I am not advocating disrespect towards elders, but please, we do not have the licence to do whatever we please and expect to escape the fall-out from our actions.
As adults we are expected to take responsibility for our actions and we need to inculcate this in our children.
Una Kleinbooi, St George's Strand, Port Elizabeth