Quotes of the week

2016-04-22 18:11

Johannesburg – A selection of quotes from some of the week's major local stories.

“My biggest critique of him is that he is a crooked leader and has misruled. The country has suffered as a result of his greed. ” – Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils on President Jacob Zuma.

“The truth has come out. It was not a whitewash, or a waste of taxpayers’ money. We have been vindicated as we have said for many years there was no wrongdoing. We trust these findings will bring final closure to this long, drawn-out process.” – Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe on the findings of the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal.

"We realised it was a farce.” – Former ANC MP Andrew Feinstein on why he, Paul Holden and Hennie van Vuuren decided not to testify at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal.

“If I can use the term on your radio station, you know women do have a bitch switch, and boy if you see two women fighting it is worse than two men.” – Cell C CEO Jose dos Santos in an interview on CliffCentral.

''It is illegal. It is criminal. I want them in my correctional facilities, so expose them. It's simple, use your cellphone.'' – Justice Minister Michael Masutha encouraging schoolchildren to film teachers who demand sex in exchange for marks.

"We told you and we were not lying. Zuma is hyperventilating. If he can't fill a stadium, it means it is over for the ANC. If you ever doubted that, bye bye." – EFF leader Julius Malema on the poor attendance at the ANC’s election manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth.

“Even if others tell me crying is gay and it's for girls, I don't care. I will still cry for my friend." – Thabo, an OR Tambo High School pupil, mourning his friend Sicelo Kheswa, the youngest of 10 ANC members killed in the bus crash on the N1 in the Free State.

“Even when the consequences of speaking up are as dire as they used to be under the apartheid system, you say ‘Tough luck, I have to speak or I will die’.” – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu speaking after receiving an award for his and his wife Leah’s commitment to social justice.

"That is racist to term a member of the opposition as a Gupta just because of his race. That is racist and you are a racist." – DA MP Ian Ollis criticising Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana for calling DA MP Yusuf Cassim a Gupta.

“Hang in there. You can’t give tactical advice because the situation on the ground, people don’t understand because it’s often very fluid and very dangerous.” – UFS vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen’s advice to Sizwe Mabizela, his colleague at Rhodes University, where students are protesting against rape and sexual harassment.

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