Quirky quotes of the week

2016-02-26 10:10

Johannesburg – A selection of quirky and newsworthy quotes from some of the week’s major local stories.

“She was the woman who sat with me in hospital. She just got older and fatter.” – Shireen Piet, testifying in the trial of the woman accused of kidnapping Zephany Nurse from Groote Schuur hospital in 1997. Piet said the woman first tried to take her own baby girl.

“Universities under siege from radicals and new fascists trying to impose their revolution on us. Unite and crush them.” – A tweet by FF Plus chief whip Corné Mulder.

“We will crush all of you within no time if you want to come with that stinking attitude. Who said we are scared of you?" – EFF leader Julius Malema’s reply.

“I believe everything on campus has gotten out of hand. There is just so much hate being thrown in all different directions. We feel as the body of believers on campus that nobody is coming up with solutions that are working and helping us. We are here to ask God to help us and help our country.” -- UP student Thobeka Dlangalala who took part in a prayer meeting in a bid to end student protests.

“Last night we were not armed and we did not go there to fight, but white parents and their children came in numbers and beat us, and to make matters worse, our vice chancellor sat there and watched his favourite white people beat us up.” – UFS SRC president Lindokuhle Ntuli commenting on the mass brawl at the Shimla Park stadium in Bloemfontein during a Varsity Cup match.

"We just stood there and stared at each other, I have never in my life felt so terrified." – UFS vice chancellor Jonathan Jansen, who witnessed the Shimla Park fight.

"I have been accused of putting black students' interests above the white students, and I am also accused of putting white students' interests above blacks. It is all lies, and I think it is the kind of thing people say to unsettle you." – Jonathan Jansen.

“He's a trained finance and economic comrade and more qualified than any minister I have ever appointed in the finance issue.” – President Jacob Zuma commenting on his former, four-day finance minister David van Rooyen.

“I believe you stay in Bedfordview.” – Czech fugitive and convicted drug dealer and kidnapper Radovan Krejcir to Judge Colin Lamont in the High Court in Johannesburg during his sentencing.

"This is not a loaf of bread case for R10. You are facing serious charges. Anyone convicted would be unhappy." – Lamont to Krejcir.

“You must see through anarchy and people who are out there in a programme of regime change. We are aware of the meetings taking place regularly at the American embassy.” – ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe addressing ANC supporters at the Union Buildings.

“The strategy must be soft but firm and the approach should be persuasive. It must talk to the conscience of the officials because we do not want to harass anyone or dock people’s salaries.” – KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu on efforts to recover R400m in National Student Financial Aid Scheme loans from provincial government employees.


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