ICYMI: Here are the best quotes of the week

2016-05-13 21:38
Ntokozo Qwabe. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

Ntokozo Qwabe. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Johannesburg - Here are a few quotes from some of the week's major local stories.

"If access to courts is denied to them, to follow a particular process to access a class action, then our rule of law is ruptured. We hold the view that in this particular case, class action is the only action." – South Gauteng High Court Deputy Judge President Phineas Mojapelo, quoted by Fin24, ruling that mineworkers who contracted silicosis and TB can launch a class action suit against 32 mining companies. 

"Grannies were calling it 'ulamthotho', it is a Zulu name for a chicken that is artificially made. They would say 'sifuna ukubona if this child uzoba ulamthotho [we want to see if this child is going to turn out to be an unnatural chicken made in a factory]'. We want to see this child, maybe it will be like a doll or a machine with batteries." – Sabelo Gabuza, one half of what was believed to be the first South African black gay couple to have a child using a surrogate mother.

"It was not a moment of spitefulness, or dickness (sic). The act was not about the waitress." – Rhodes scholar and student activist Ntokozo Qwabe, whose friend and fellow activist Wandile Dlamini refused to tip Cape Town waitress Ashley Schultz and instead wrote on the bill that she would get a tip when "you return the land".

"When Ash closed her Facebook I thought about closing mine. But I actually don't care. I'm dying in any case. Hate me if you want." – Cancer-striken Cheryl Grundlingh, quoted in the Sunday Times, on her Facebook post comparing South Africa under apartheid rule to the country under black rule. She is the mother of Cape Town waitress Ashley Schultz. 

"They have got everything. In fact, they don't even want streetlights. They want to live in the dark." – Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Constantia residents' desire to preserve the rural character of their area.

"It's actually a very depressing sight." – Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga after nearly 50 schools were either destroyed or vandalised in Limpopo's Vhembe district during protests against a decision to incorporate the area into a new municipality.

"In their culture a woman is there to pleasure them. Period. It is seen as an absolute right and a woman's consent is not required. I still have to meet a black girl who was not raped at about 12. I am dead serious." – High Court Judge Mabel Jansen, commenting on rape cases she has presided over, in a Facebook discussion.

"The culture of rape is prevalent and has no consequence. We are victims of crime and all sorts of atrocities and our parents are not equipped to deal with these sorts of issues." – From a petition by a group of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, women. It was read at the court appearance of two men accused of raping and killing 19-year-old Sinoxolo Mafevuka.

"What's even more astounding is how the nine passengers in the car allowed themselves to be in this situation at all. It's a pity the law doesn't allow us to arrest them for being party to a clearly drunk driver getting behind the wheel." – Cape Town safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith, after nine people were found squeezed into a City Golf with a drunk driver.

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