Quotes of the week

2016-03-25 11:09

Johannesburg - A selection of quotes from some of the week's major local stories.

"We are pleading with everyone these Easter Holidays not to behave like it is end of the world.” – Mpumalanga’s community safety MEC Vusi Shongwe.

“It’s ridiculous. He usually charges me R50. I eventually told my husband to take our kids and his rod and catch us something for me to pickle. It’s becoming too expensive to practice your religion.” – Vanessa Saaiman of Strandfontein, after her fishmonger tried to charge her R220 for a “stink snoek” she wanted to buy for Easter.

"Those who don’t like this idea, tough for you. That is how we are proceeding.” – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on plans to expand black economic empowerment and end white control of the economy.

“Yes you are right. We have been moving from scandal to scandal. We are a living organisation and it's an organisation that is made up of human beings. But, what is important for us… we must make sure that people, members of the ANC adhere to the core values of the African National Congress.” – Ramaphosa.

"It is not true, both my ears are still intact.” – Mbombela councillor Bheki Zulu, who was injured during a fight between ANC members over the nomination of a ward councillor, and reportedly had both his ears cut off.

"For the record, I did report the bullying to my political principal at the time, who was equally shocked by the arrogance." – Former government spokesperson Themba Maseko on Twitter, about the Gupta family allegedly trying to force him to get government to spend its advertising budget on its New Age newspaper.

"It's the lack of political guidance and leadership from the president, who is the number one leader, that puzzles me and worries me, and therefore there is a need for renewed leadership." – Anti-apartheid activist and Rivonia trialist Denis Goldberg on President Jacob Zuma.

“My dog crept into a dense section of bush and when I pushed aside the grass I saw the boy staring into my eyes. It touched me.” - Umhlali Search and Rescue Dog handler Clint Odayar after he and his dog Dante found 18-month-old Samkele Cele after he had been missing for four days in the bush near Lindelani township.

“We should thus be alert to subtle and disguised racism perpetuated through the stereotyping of individuals or groups of people in the media, through cartoons and satire.” – President Jacob Zuma speaking at a Human Rights Day event in Durban.

"This was no ordinary robbery. The thieves knew exactly what they were after. We obviously do not know who they were, but we have our deep suspicions.” - Helen Suzman Foundation director Francis Antonie after armed robbers stole the foundation’s computers.

"A live bullet from an anti-aircraft gun flew over a catch and trajected [sic] for over seven kilometres, travelling towards the children, where it hit them while they were at school assembly." – Zimbabwe National Army spokesperson Lt-Col Maphios Makotere after a pupil was killed and another critically injured at Delamour High School in Darwendale, during an army training exercise.


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