The best quotes of the week

2016-06-10 19:33

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

"People in Benoni aren't panicked about the #USTerrorAlert because the last American to 'congregate' there was Charlize Theron." – A tweet by Barry McCallum responding to the US Embassy's warning of terror attacks at shopping malls and other areas where Americans gather in South Africa.

"It's shocking to see people trying to exploit any kind of misfortune, tragedy or disaster. This is inexplicable that these people behave this way. I think they need to come to the church." – Durban Christian Centre spokesperson Ron Steele warning of a bogus online advert calling for donations to repair the Jesus Dome, which was damaged by a fire. 

"Sakina, when you talk there, you need to talk like a SABC employee. You as SABC people need to know what the SABC policy is saying. It is important for you as journalists of the SABC to represent the public, to represent the SABC." – SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng berating SAfm presenter Sakina Kamwendo when she asked him during an on-air discussion about his decision not to air images of violent protests. 

"He is bringing the religion into disrepute. We will be going to court to say he is making Christianity look like a joke." – CRL Rights Commission head Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva on "snake pastor" Penuel Mnguni, whose latest stunt was driving a car over two of his followers.

"Her words convey the message both explicitly and implicitly to the reader that black people are not worthy of being described as human beings. Implicit in this is that they have lowered or sub-human intelligence." – Umzinto Equality Court Magistrate Irfaan Khalil ruling that racist realtor Penny Sparrow has to pay R150 000 to the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation.

"This experience is meant to sensitise Theunissen to the need for transformation and challenges facing poor disadvantaged communities in Cape Town." – SA Human Rights Commission spokesperson Isaac Mangena after Matthew Theunissen agreed to do community service for his racist outburst about transformation in sport.

"It's really quite a blunt conversation between the two of us. If you run out of money, you're dead. He's got that message quite clearly." – Stuart Brown, former De Beers CFO, now the head of Firestone Diamonds, on what he expects of his chief financial officer, quoted in Business Day.

"How could you vote for people who do not know whether they are coming or going? They've got nothing except their voices. They are smaller, they've never ruled any country. They've got no experience. That's why they resort to insults at times." – President Jacob Zuma during election campaigning in Mbombela. 

"The DA must never think of bringing their Herman Mashaba here. This is not a hair salon, this is a construction site to improve the lives of our people." – SA National Civic Organisation's Gauteng chairperson Chris Madimetja criticizing the DA's Johannesburg mayoral candidate, the entrepreneur behind the Black Like Me range of haircare products. 

"Going from the ANC to the EFF is like treating diarrhoea with a laxative." – Herman Mashaba.

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