The best quotes of the week

2016-06-03 20:29
Julius Malema. (File, News24)

Julius Malema. (File, News24)

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Johannesburg - A few quotes from some of the week's major local stories.

"So you want to tell us that 'be trapped in those areas, don't move to ours because [in] ours we are defending a language'. You are not defending a language, you are defending your territory, that's the bottom line." – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi responding to Afriforum’s claims that the department is targeting Afrikaans-medium schools.

"It doesn't mean that we are walking away from it, but if you make allegations then you must be bold enough to take the matter through. The discussion of the ANC on state capture is going to continue for a long time." – ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe announcing the party will not pursue a probe of state capture due to the low number of written complaints his office received.

"This happened to me. My human rights have been violated by that human. It didn't matter what his profession is, I would still have reported him for what he's done. This is not a political issue. Who would put themselves through something like this for fun?" – Louisa Wynand, who accused Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman of sexual harassment.

"I didn't know what to do when I was told I was a free man. I was so scared, I thought it wasn't me and I stood at my cell for a while because I was still in disbelief. So I decided to just pack my library books that I was using and then I was told again that I had to leave and that a car was waiting for me." – Limpopo resident, Marcus Nndateni Mulaudzi, who spent 10 years in jail for a murder he did not commit.

"This man has spent 10 years behind bars for no reason. It is a sad story, but now I feel I have done good for humanity by representing him. I feel good that we won the case." – Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe, who represented Mulaudzi at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

"He was a very good and humbled somebody who was forever smiling, even at those people he didn't know." – Tsumbedzo Ishmael Nelushi, uncle of Lucky Nelushi, one of two temporary workers killed while trying to evict Hammanskraal residents.

"We are not a nanny state and therefore do not need an overprotective public broadcaster to take care of us. What we have seen and learned is that once censorship starts, it never stops because those who are empowered to censor and impose blackouts, start to develop bottomless sensitivities and discover more activities that they feel should not be flighted on television." – Cosatu responding to the SABC's decision to no longer air images of violent protests.

"I have seen a lot of people smoke it, and read and not have any problems. But I have never seen people drink alcohol and read books afterwards." – EFF leader Julius Malema after confessing that he once tried dagga, and that his party supported its legalisation.

"You always send children to go get paraffin so that you can touch each another while they are away. Under the EFF you are going to touch each other peacefully." –Malema, quoted by Independent Online, speaking to Umlazi, Durban residents, about the need for RDP houses with an extra bedroom for parents.

"Waar dink sy gaan sy? Lyk die tronk doen haar goed. [Where does she think she's going. Looks like jail is treating her well.]" – A remark by one woman after the woman found guilty of kidnapping Zephany Nurse from Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997 appeared in the Western Cape High Court with a new hairstyle.

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