Quotes of the week

2016-03-11 21:01
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Johannesburg - A selection of quotes from some of the week's major local stories.

“One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to know you don’t buy babies." – Western Cape High Court Judge John Hlophe finding the woman accused of kidnapping Zephany Nurse guilty. She claimed she paid R3 000 to adopt the baby girl in 1997.

“I listened to her lies for days.” – Judge Hlophe addressing the lawyer for the woman who kidnapped Zephany Nurse.

"I was forced to spend the festive season all by myself." – Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mbuso in an affidavit handed to the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court, asking for the rape case against him to be withdrawn.

''The demons are still busy with him.'' – Lawyer Sherrif Mohamed, asking the Cape Town High Court to reopen the case for his client Aljar Swartz, who is accused of killing and decapitating 15-year-old Lee Adams. Swartz admitted to being a follower of Satan at the time of the murder.

"I'm so sad. I'm so mad. I'm so pissed. Our academic calendar is ruined." – Promise Mtsweni, a fourth-year education student at Tshwane University of Technology, reacting to news that the university was shutting its Soshanguve campuses for safety reasons following student protests.

"Me and my wife were on the breadline. At the time we couldn't afford DStv. Dawie had DStv. He had a PlayStation and that other gaming console. He was living lavishly, he was handing out gifts to girls left, right and centre." – Dominique Rensleigh, testifying in the trial of his former business partner, alleged sex offender and modelling agency boss Dawie de Villiers.

"He intended for her to die. Nothing more. Nothing less." – Judge Cassim Moosa sentencing former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai to 20 years for killing his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala.

"I don’t wish any person in this entire life to see what I saw. They so brutally beat my daughter that somebody who did that needs to go behind bars." – Florian Blöchliger after his 16-year-old daughter Franziska was murdered in Tokai forest, Cape Town.

"I don’t like working as a prostitute. I am hoping that my vote will give me an opportunity to leave this life behind." –  A 37-year-old sex worker from Dinaweng outside Bloemfontein explaining why she registered to vote.

"But when men compliment you innocently, you say it's harassment. You will miss out on good men and marriage." – President Jacob Zuma addressing a group of women journalists while verifying his voter registration details in Nkandla.

"This is not being too sensitive ... women have been subjected to lots of harassment, which has made them feel uncomfortable, but that was quoted under the pretext of culture." – ANC Women's League spokesperson Toko Xasa responding to Zuma’s comment.

"I have no idea how my picture ended up in this thing because I have no association with anything or anyone from anywhere in Africa." – Jamaican fashion designer Errice Alicia Anderson after a photo of her in a black, green and gold swimsuit was posted on the Johannesburg ANC’s Twitter account.

"I never said 'HIV does not cause Aids'. This false accusation was made by people who benefited from trumpeting the slogan 'HIV causes Aids' as though this was a religious edict. What I said is that 'a virus cannot cause a syndrome'."  – Former president Thabo Mbeki, in his weekly letter, responding to claims that he was an HIV denialist.

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