In case you missed it, here are this week's quotes from major local stories

2016-05-06 20:00
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Johannesburg – A selection of quotes from some of the past week's major local stories. 

“How can we expect people to respect us as lawmakers? Fix it.” – President Jacob Zuma berating National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete for ongoing chaos in the National Assembly.

“Clearly, Moneyweb’s claim of 'systematic plagiarism on an industrial scale’ is not supported by the facts and is simply designed to colour what should be a focused inquiry." – High Court in Johannesburg Acting Judge Daniel Berger finding that Fin24 was guilty of copyright infringement in only one of seven stories it lifted from Moneyweb.

“A lot of the opposition parties were formed out of anger or they wanted to retaliate against the ANC. We are not angry and while they continue to do their nonsense in Parliament, the bread and butter issues are forgotten.” – Lynda Odendaal, interim chairperson of the newly formed political party, Building a Cohesive Society in South Africa. 

“I did type the words but I immediately regret the language that I used.” – Matthew Theunissen speaking to Eyewitness News on the racist Facebook rant against Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

“I am completely shocked, it seems so out of character for him. What a foolish little boy.” – Freshwater Consulting Group’s Justine Ewart-Smith on their former intern Matthew Theunissen’s racist Facebook post.

“We owe no explanation to people like Matthew who have no national interest at heart but are blinded by privilege, thinking that some of our sporting codes are an exclusive property of a certain race in our society.” – Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula responding to Theunissen’s remarks.

"I love him. He is so funny and when he talks I listen. He said he can make life better for my family and I believe him." – Thiza Ndlovu, 12, a fan of EFF leader Julius Malema, who attended the EFF’s election manifesto launch in Soweto on Saturday.

“As things stand now, I think they will downgrade us.” – Macquarie economist Elna Moolman quoted by Fin24 on the chances of South Africa’s credit rating being reduced to junk.

“Never in the history of the country have we seen 19 schools burnt to ash in a short time, unless this is organised." – Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu on the decision to have the Hawks investigate the burning of schools in Vuwani, Limpopo, apparently during protests against a municipal demarcation decision.

"We are like prisoners and we keep our kids inside. I am heartsore because it could have been any one of our children." – Rashieda Klassien, a friend of Chimeiz Francis, whose 6-year-old daughter Saadiqah Lippert was shot dead outside her grandmother’s home in Athlone, Cape Town, during a drug turf war.

"I understood him [Lieutenant-Colonel Duncan Scott] to mean all the managers of policing were instructing that action be taken. All the generals." – North West police Captain Monwabisi Ntlati, testifying at the inquiry into suspended police commissioner Riah Phiyega’s fitness to hold office. He was answering a question about who instructed police to use maximum force against striking Marikana miners in August 2012.


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