Quotes of the week

2016-04-01 17:00

Johannesburg – A selection of quotes from some of the week’s major local stories. 

"The president thus failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land."  – Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng ruling on President Jacob Zuma’s having ignored the Public Protector’s remedial action in the Nkandla saga. 

"She is the embodiment of a biblical David who fights the most powerful and very well-resourced Goliath." – Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on the Public Protector’s function, in his ruling in the Nkandla case.

"There was everything wrong with the National Assembly stepping into the shoes of the Public Protector… to nullify and replace [her findings] with its own findings and remedial action. This, the rule of law is dead against. It is another way of taking the law into one’s own hands." – Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng ruling that the National Assembly’s conduct in the Nkandla matter was invalid.

"Zuma’s journey ends here. The case of Zuma is closed." – EFF leader Julius Malema. 

"With some important exceptions, I feel that the media’s interest in serious political analysis is so low that the only reason to appear most of the time is to draw attention to yourself, either because you happen to be the sort of person who likes doing that or to advance your career." – Political analyst Steven Friedman explaining on Facebook why he is cutting down on requests for interviews and media comment.

"I was getting married over the weekend, so I was not in a good state of mind because I wanted to sort things out quickly, rush, rush." – Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlonho explaining why he was caught speeding at 173km/h in Johannesburg on Good Friday.

"We were circling and eventually the pilot said everything seems to be okay, but we are going to attempt a landing. Half of the people started laughing and the other half cried." – Ian Cameron, a passenger on a FlySafair flight to Johannesburg which had an extremely bumpy landing after a tyre was damaged during take-off in Cape Town.

"We want you to pray for us as leaders so that when we make mistakes, you can ask God to forgive us because Satan is always around trying to derail us." – President Jacob Zuma in an Easter Friday speech to Christians at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.

"People may see the Nkandla saga as a problem. My team, we see it as a blessing." – Public Protector Thuli Madonsela welcoming the Constitutional Court’s ruling on Nkandla, which reaffirmed the powers of her office.

"I would say thank you for settling before the Constitutional Court made a decision. That was courageous, that was magnanimous." – Thuli Madonsela’s message to President Jacob Zuma. 

"He is entitled to that R250m, he liberated us, he went to prison, he went to exile. Why are we complaining about small change of money? That is what I think is in his mind, that he is the chief and we are the subjects." – Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi commenting on the Constitutional Court’s Nkandla ruling.


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