Quirky quotes of the week

2016-03-04 13:57

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

"It has been concluded that the application should be dismissed for lack of prospects of success." -- The Constitutional Court rejecting Oscar Pistorius’s bid to appeal the Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling that he was guilty of murder, and not culpable homicide.

"Shattered." -- A tweet by Pistorius's brother Carl following the court's decision.

"Withdrawing a case such as this at the eleventh hour could and has done grave damage to the institution of the National Prosecuting Authority in the minds of the properly informed public.” – Sean Rosenberg, for the DA, arguing in the High Court in Pretoria that the NPA’s decision to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma in 2009 should be set aside.

"In this case what you see is the NPA, with its enormous powers to indict people and to prosecute people and use its powers in the criminal justice system, ... blatantly using these powers... to try and influence the outcome of the presidential elections." – President Jacob Zuma’s lawyer Kemp J Kemp arguing that the NPA dropped the corruption charges because of political interference.

"There has been no judgment against the report. It has not been set aside or found to be incorrect." – Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, on his report on Nkandla, in which he absolved President Jacob Zuma of the need to repay any of the money spent on so-called security upgrades to his private home.

“We have been consistent in our position that President Zuma needed to pay a portion of the Nkandla money in line with the public protector’s decision.” --  Former ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani.

“It has absolutely nothing to do with any conspiracy and has nothing to do with economic environment, whether it’s in South Africa or anywhere else across the continent.” -- Barclays Africa CEO Maria Ramos, speaking on Radio 702, about the Barclays Group’s decision to pull out of Barclays Africa and Absa.

“Do you want to be remembered as servants of the people or sellouts of the people?” – DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane addressing ANC MPs during the debate on the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

“Like apartheid security operatives, the DA has been sending e-mails to ANC MPs, urging them to vote against their conscience and rationality. The DA has also been spying on the ANC caucus. This DA behaviour is immoral and unethical.” – ANC MP Mathole Motshekga during the debate on the DA’s vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. 

“There is a group of people that are not interested in the economic stability of this country and the welfare of its people. It seems they are interested in disrupting institutions and destroying reputations.”  – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, in a statement, reacting to a letter he got from the Hawks before his Budget speech, demanding he answer three pages of questions.

"From where I sit ... I see that as sabotaging and actually deflecting the focus of the minister on what his task at hand is." – ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on the Hawks sending Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan a list of questions days before his Budget speech. 

“My campaign ends today and I suspend my participation.” – Fifa presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale announcing he is withdrawing from the race.

“Consumers are being forced to carry the burden of Eskom’s inefficiencies.” – Cosatu responding to Eskom being granted a 9.4% tariff increase.

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