Quotes of the week

2016-04-15 19:07

"If I had pictures of heaven, my whole family and church would have seen it. I would never insult Jesus like that." – Prophet Paseka Motsoeneng, also known as Prophet Mboro, rejecting claims that he went to heaven on Easter Sunday and had pictures taken with Jesus. 

"I was deeply saddened and thought... this has happened on our watch and all of us need to wake up and fix this, or history has every right to judge us. I never thought I would stand up in public and say how deeply sad I am about what happens in my Parliament." – Former ANC deputy secretary general Cheryl Carolus on the Nkandla judgment.

"The violation of the key oath of office of the head of state is a deep crisis. I think it's in all of our interests that the president actually steps aside." – Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel during an interview with Soweto TV.

"I really just think they are being misled. I think a lot of them are being used as proxies and I really feel sorry for them." – Public Protector Thuli Madonsela reacting to criticism of her by the ANCWL. 

"What you are seeing is differences of views, not divisions." – ANCYL deputy chairperson Vuyo Mhaga, claiming their Gauteng branch is not split over whether President Jacob Zuma should step down.

"This lack of remorse is only surpassed by the refusal of the speaker of Parliament to apologise at all for the violations committed by the majority of the members of Parliament." – Advocates for Transformation chairperson, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, commenting on President Jacob Zuma's response to the Constitutional Court's Nkandla judgment.

"They were anticipating a revenge attack from the Zondo family, so they went there and killed the family. No one deserves to die like that. If you saw what I saw, you would never eat meat again." – Acting Inkosi Mpikayise Buthelezi after a woman, a couple, and three children were killed at the Zondo home, near Ulundi, on Saturday night.

"Why is it that under the black government there are so many problems? How can we sit here as blacks and watch this happening? The apartheid police used to arrest the suspects." – A KwaMashu resident addressing senior police and government officials during an imbizo.

"You cannot assault them because this is breaking the law. Just hold them tightly until the police arrive. I don't want to hear that a suspect was beaten up." – Police Minister Nathi Nhleko addressing an imbizo for KwaMashu residents.

"So starting from your Grade 1 cohort to the ones who finish their first degree on time, you've got less than 30 000 out of 1.1 million students. It's a shocking waste of human talent." – Wits University vice chancellor Adam Habib.

"But this one, it's so interesting. She denied the minister leave to appeal. It means she is not confident about her decision. That's what I am saying. I wish she could be mentored by Judge Masipa." – Chris Hani's widow Limpho Hani, criticising Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen's ruling that Justice Minister Michael Masutha cannot appeal her decision to release Janusz Walus on parole.

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