Quotes of the week

2011-05-19 10:49

“So my idea is to suck the fat from Khulubuse Zuma with a hosepipe, mix it with the toxic waste from his Aurora mine and fill all the potholes. Problem solved.” – Satirists Julia Malema and Yellen Dzille “campaign” for the “Hope or Hau! One Party Everything” party in Johannesburg, quoted in The Star.

“I have black friends and colleagues who will take offence.” – Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr on his decision to omit the k-word from his new song “Ons sal dit oorleef” (We will survive this).

“The guy doesn’t have a clue about what he wants to do; he also doesn’t have a plan.” – The DA’s mayoral candidate for Cape Town Patricia de Lille on her ANC rival Tony Ehrenreich’s plans for the city.

“The only difference now is that we have potholes on the streets, no water and the shops aren’t owned by black people any more. They are owned by Chinese and Indian people.” – Eastern Cape social worker Zolile Mbono when asked what has changed in Flagstaff over the past 20 years.

“It’s much more fundamental than that, we can’t let that distract us from what’s important.” – Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande on the effect of the open toilets scandal on elections, after voting in Johannesburg.

“I think that this is a great challenge to the ANC. The people are calling on us to deliver. They think that it’s time to deliver. They think it’s time to stop blaming the past for the ills of our society.” – ANC MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela after voting in Soweto.

“I was about to do an interview with SABC television when I felt there was something in my jeans. It ran up and down my leg and seemed to make for my groin. I tried to catch it from outside my jeans, but couldn’t. I did the interview, and then the Sunday Times wanted to take some pictures, so I then had to pose for those.” – DA leader Helen Zille quoted in the Weekend Argus on a field mouse that ran up her jeans while she was campaigning in Seshego, Limpopo.

“Since the DA came into power, we as the residents have electricity. I never once said that I myself did. They are uplifting the entire town, and I don’t care what the ANC has to say.” – Gugulethu resident Ntombikayise Lugalo defending her appearance in a DA television advert, in which she says her area, Tambo Square, has electricity, when her own dwelling doesn’t.

“I think it’s important where little me can play a part to voice my opinion, and I think it’s only respectful to vote as many people work hard for this.” – Philippe van Wesemael at a voting station in Meyerspark Primary School, in Pretoria East.

“We spoke to a woman who said she had heard a lion, but when we asked her to repeat the sound it was not the sound of a lion.” – Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife spokesperson Maureen Zimu on why a search for a lion thought to be roaming in the Richard’s Bay area was called off.

“It might happen at sunset, that means countries like Samoa will experience it first and we will hear about it from the media.” – Johan Coetzee, a member of the Christian Family Radio, who believes the world will end on Saturday May 21, quoted in The Star.

“According to the driver, it was clear that the suspects were not capable of driving as they gave up the vehicle at George Avenue, and fled on foot.” – Johannesburg police spokesperson Constable Neria Malefetse on two bungling criminals who tried to steal a delivery van in Sandringham.

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