Quotes of the week

2017-03-03 16:08
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Pic: Denzil Maregele)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Pic: Denzil Maregele)

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Johannesburg – A selection of quotes from some of the stories that made the news this week.

“The tannie was very shocked, but at least wasn’t hurt. And fortunately there was no one in the play area, otherwise it could have been disastrous.” –  André Olivier, the owner of the Jeffreys Bay Tampa Bay Spur, quoted by Netwerk24, after an elderly woman drove her car through a window of the restaurant.

“I don’t want to raise your expectations and say everything looks good; it doesn’t. We are unable to agree on the fundamentals.” – Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, quoted in The Times, on the possibility that Durban could no longer host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

"I will fight this corruption in Prasa. I will fight this nepotism in Prasa. I want to say to my colleagues, war is coming, but we must never deviate from the cause. Dogs never bark at stationary cars." – Prasa acting CEO Collins Letsoalo briefing media about reports that he hiked his salary to R5.9m. The board sacked him hours later.

"They were totally professional. They gave me one of the trackers and our cellphones with the sim cards removed. They said the police station was 5km away. When I told the one man that my son would be cold, they gave him his jacket.” – KwaZulu-Natal motorist Paul Engelbrecht after two men posing as police officers hijacked him, his three sons, and their friend on Saturday.

"I went there to tell him to show himself because we are looking for him. Maybe the ancestors could help find the child.” – Nombeko Thole, mother of five-year-old Richard, who fell into a disused mineshaft in Boksburg on Saturday.

“Given the historical context, the word ‘impimpi’ is just about the worst and most dangerous thing you can call anyone.” – Former ANC MP and South Africa’s ambassador to Ireland, Melanie Verwoerd, reacting to ANCYL leader Collen Maine’s criticism of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. 

“Why must we suffer and starve while they live lavishly and their children are fed? They must also suffer because this is the result of their negligence.” – A Northdale, Pietermaritzburg woman, quoted by The Witness, commenting on the social grants debacle.

“At stake are the lives of the most deprived people in South Africa." – Corruption Watch director David Lewis on the social grants matter.

“This is not just an administrative bungling, but a political own goal that smells of corruption.” –  Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali on Sassa’s failure to find a new social grants payment provider.

"The Armageddon that you are talking about will be avoided." – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa answering questions in the National Assembly about the social grants debacle.

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