They said what?! - quotes of the week

2016-02-19 10:21

Johannesburg - A selection of newsworthy quotes from the past week.

"The family will have a ceremony for the ancestors because we believe they can help." – Elmond Mnisi, father of Yvonne Mnisi, one of the trapped Lily Mine workers.

"If it was your daughter, how would you feel in my position now? Would you understand I have no option but legal action because I haven’t had any answers? - Dr Joggie Briedenhann, father of Christine "Poekie" Briedenhann, one of two Stellenbosch University students involved in a "blackface" incident after they painted themselves purple for a space-themed party.

READ MORE: Legal action on cards over varsity's handling of 'blackface' incident

"SA carried to victory by two White Afrikaners… politicians and media commentators take note… for what it is worth." – A tweet by veteran sports journalist Dan Retief after the Proteas beat the English cricket team on Sunday.

"Being the youngest in my class does not bother me. In fact, it makes me want to work harder and achieve more. When people look at me they see a young village girl, but I am more than that and I want to make a name for myself." – Wits University’s youngest-ever engineering student, 15-year-old Tapiwa Shendelane.

"I think we should change. We are not doing any good for our voters. We have to think about the people who sent us here, what do they learn from us." – President Jacob Zuma replying to the debate on his SONA.

"Now this 6-year-old tells me that, you know, this one you would call a juvenile delinquent." - Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, speaking during debate on the State of the Nation Address, on what a schoolchild had told her about EFF leader Julius Malema.

"I am not a madam, I do not run brothels." - Congress of the People MP Deirdre Carter, objecting to the word ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani used to refer to her.

"I thought a madam is a very honourable word. I’m very happy to be called madam speaker." – National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

"You are not a legitimate president, bye-bye." -  EFF leader Julius Malema’s parting shot to Zuma during the SONA debate.

"Planet Zuma is a place in a parallel universe, far, far away from the lives of ordinary South Africans." – DA leader Mmusi Maimane during the SONA debate.

"He is going to need this handkerchief." – DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip, who gave Police Minister Nathi Nhleko a present so he could wipe his brow in case he had explain to the nation that the Nkandla firepool was just a swimming pool.

"Now I understand why they built the buses that are too big for the BRT lanes in Nelson Mandela Bay. This is to ensure that Zuma had something big enough to throw people under." – John Steenhuisen during the SONA debate.

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