Quotes of the week

2011-11-17 13:43

A selection of quotes of southern African interest.

» “I do not have feelings for him [President Jacob Zuma]. I do not have to have feelings for him. Our relationship remains political.” – ANC Youth League president Julius Malema quoted in The Sowetan responding to his suspension and that of other ANC Youth League leaders by the ANC’s national disciplinary committee (NDC).

» “There were always evident signs that a decision to suspend the leadership of the ANCYL has long been taken by the [national disciplinary committee].” – Malema responding to the suspensions.

» “Our struggle will never be undermined, victory is certain. Let the enemy celebrate, the celebration will be short lived.” – Malema on the suspensions.

» “The disciplinary hearings has taken time away from youth league programmes... [but] resigning is not an option, I must be fired.” – Malema’s response when asked whether he would resign for the good of the organisation.

» “We find it very unfortunate that they have chosen to cast doubt on the NDC, the process of the NDC itself and the outcome thereof.” – The ANC’s response to the youth league’s statements.

» “There is no doubt in our mind that the process as well as the outcome of the recent disciplinary hearings enjoys the respect and acceptance by all leaders of the ANC and members.” – The ANC’s response to the youth league’s statements.

» “If people want to be in business, then they must go into business; if they want to serve the public, they should join the public service.” – Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel yesterday, speaking to MPs about civil servants who operate or benefit from private businesses.

» “Principals should be properly trained and equipped to manage schools, and frequently they don’t know how to manage. They don’t know how to oversee teachers.” – Manuel speaking to MPs.

» “Why did we not consider that this country has such a lousy opposition? That might be a question worth considering, but it is not a requirement of the national planning commission.” – Manuel responding in the National Assembly yesterday to a question from DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko on whether his commission had considered nationalisation.

» “The public interest defence is supposed to allow that there is a final safeguard when the state goes rotten.” – African Christian Democratic Party MP Steve Swart on the lack of such a clause in the Protection of State Information Bill.

» “We have looked at international best practice and there is no country which practises such reckless practice.” – State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele’s response to calls for such a clause to be included in the bill.

» “[The Protection of State Information Bill is] a full-scale legislative assault on the freedom of the press and other media in South Africa.” – Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier.

» “We need a single [sport] developmental theory for South Africa in terms of what we want to achieve as a country, which at the present moment we don’t have.” – Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula on the need for a national sport development plan.

» “People complain. They moan about a whole lot of things, about transformation ... but everyone needs to be speaking about transformation knowing what is the plan.” – Mbalula on a national sport development plan.

» “Because when we go to a world cup, we’re not going to select a person simply because of colour. We want the best in the world cup... At the end of the day, I don’t want to be a quota player. I want to be there on merit and I want my talent to be recognised.” – Mbalula elaborating on his statement that quotas in sport had been exhausted and were generally counter-productive.

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