Memorable quotes of the week

2011-12-22 11:36

Memorable quotes from this week from President Jacob Zuma’ comments on the death penalty to the Deaf Federation of South Africa on the president’s big forehead.

“I do not think there is justice in killing another human being. Quite often I hear commentators saying bring back the death penalty to combat crime. Our Constitution prioritises the right to life and dignity, and the good judges did well to abolish it.” – President Jacob Zuma speaking at the official opening of the revived Gallows Memorial at Pretoria Central Prison.

“As Africans, long before the arrival of religion and the gospel, we had our own ways of doing things. Those were times that the religious people refer to as dark days, but we know that during those times, there were no orphans or old-age homes. Christianity has brought along these things.” – Zuma, quoted by the Timeslive website, speaking at the launch of a road safety and crime awareness campaign in KwaZulu-Natal.

“The irony is that Malema has come from a place so deeply embedded in the Zuma camp and now he’s attacking him using the shower device.” – Cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro), quoted in The Star, on suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s use of a shower head gesture to mock Zuma.

“Zuma’s forehead is large. What (sign language users) do is they put their hand palm open on their forehead and press it back.” – The national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa, Bruno Druchen, explaining that sign language users identify Zuma by his forehead, and not a shower head.

“In the end it may very well be that the comments made by Heath ... will have helped to lance a virulently poisonous boil on our body politic.” – Former president Thabo Mbeki responding to claims about him by former Special Investigating Unit head Willem Heath.

“As we go to celebrate the anniversary of the ANC, let’s find the most appropriate Doom to chase out the mosquitoes and flies.” – Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on getting rid of corrupt people in the ruling party.

“The impact of money in our movement today and its influence in the ANC ... I don’t think we can’t solve it. We must switch off the taps of corruption and arrest those who are involved in corruption.” – Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

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