Quirky Quotes of the Week

2016-02-05 11:44

Johannesburg – Below is a selection of quirky and newsworthy quotes from stories that made headlines in the past week.

"I will not resign." - Suspended national commissioner Riah Phiyega.

“We are not going to agree to any settlement which doesn’t reaffirm the powers of the Public Protector - EFF leader Julius Malema rejecting President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla repayment offer.

“The Zuptas must fall on the 9th of February.” - Malema conflating the Guptas and President Jacob Zuma, referring to next week’s Constitutional Court bid to have the president pay for his Nkandla upgrades.

"He is our very own Donald Trump and I worry about that kind of language when we have an election coming up." - New Age editor-in-chief Moegsien Williams responding to Malema’s statements that reporters working for Gupta-owned media outlets were not welcome at EFF events.

"He reiterated his willingness to repay any figure so determined." – President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers in a letter to the Constitutional Court, proposing that the Auditor General and finance minister determine how much he should repay for non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

"The public protector has not said pay back the money.” – Zuma addressing Parliament in March last year.

“What I’m saying is I’m not guilty. Even if they look for me under a tree they can’t find me. I did nothing wrong.” – Zuma addressing a crowd in Gugulethu in March 2014. 

"He said, no, I did not ask for those security enhancements, I’m not paying.” – Zuma’s former spokesperson Mac Maharaj, quoted in the Financial Times in July last year.

"It's not just about the money. We want the powers of the public protector to be recognised.” – DA leader Mmusi Maimane rejecting Zuma’s Nkandla offer. 

"I was literally ready, in full fight and adrenaline. My fists were fully clenched, facing it as much as I could, trying to take it on. It was reflex. I didn't have time to think about it." – Surfer Sacha Specker recounting how a great white shark circled him at Noordhoek beach. Other surfers helped scare it off. 

''It is absolute nonsense.'' - Former president FW de Klerk responding to a reports that he was giving DA leader Mmusi Maimane “leadership lessons”. 

"I would never assault a woman. I know the law. I merely asked her in a gentle and manly way to move out of the way as she was blocking the driver’s side door." -  Beaufort West mayor Truman Prince replying to claims that he assaulted a woman traffic officer who pulled him over for allegedly speeding on the N1 near Leeu Gamka on January 21.

"Out of the nine MECs, about seven of them must fall because they are useless. Actually, they are excited about blue lights and so on, so we can’t accept that." – ANCYL deputy president Desmond Moela calling for Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza to reshuffle his cabinet.

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