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JOHANNESBURG — Veteran journalist Ed Herbst has amassed what can only be described as a mental library of fascinating quotes on the ANC’s South Africa. When reading this, I even found myself doing a double take a lot of the time. We are bombarded with crazy stories on a daily basis in South Africa, but sometimes we just need to take a step back and reflect on even crazier stuff that was said in years gone by. This piece follows on from Herbst’s highly popular first instalment of quotes that define South Africa under the ANC. – Gareth van Zyl
By Ed Herbst*
The starting point for this series was my plaint over the lack of a sequel to Alexander Parker’s book Fifty People Who Stuffed Up South Africa.
If I had to choose a favourite quote to define the ‘transformed’ South Africa of what Die Burger calls the ‘GupZumas’, it would be the one by Nic Borain which I append below. It was written four years ago, before we became aware of the ravening Zuptoid locusts, but it was prescient then and remains topical now:
Today it’s wall-to-wall pussy (nothing new there) and bowing and scraping and frigates and flybys and the cash is flooding in to a degree that he can start being choosy about where it comes from. – Nic Borain Daily Maverick 19/3/2013
Our media is barely scratching the surface when it comes to the thievery and gross incompetence at local government level. All the North West municipalities, for instance, are under administration. It has become so common that reports of theft and maladministration do not even receive a mention anymore. – Magnus Hystek, Biznews 6/11/2015
It will be remembered that Tshabalala’s tenure ended when her tertiary qualifications went missing after a gang of tokoloshe burglars broke into her house and the Unisa IT system. After this unfortunate incident, her equally ineffectual deputy, Obert Maguvhe, moved into the main chair. – Mondli Makhanya City Press 6/10/2016
After nine years, Judge Nkola Motata, who was found guilty of drunken driving, is still on special leave with full pay and has cost the taxpayers of South Africa nearly R14 million since the start of his special leave in January 2007, Dr. Corné Mulder, FF Plus chief whip, says.
The minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, has confirmed this information in a reply to a parliamentary question of Dr. Mulder. – Corné Mulder, Politicsweb 1/11/2016
As we burden our country with a R2-trillion debt overload, we now have only 86 people in employment for every 100 social grant recipients, all paid for by a tax base of effectively one million people. – Tony Leon Sunday Times 29/1/2017
Umzimkulu is mourning the death of a PR councillor, Mduduzi Tshibase after he was shot dead while entering his home in Gugwini village outside Umzimkhulu.
His death was confirmed by Umzimkhulu Municipality Mayor, Mphuthumi Mpabanga, who said the murder of community leaders is becoming common in the area.
Tshibase was an ANC member in Ward 14 when he was elected PR councillor in Umzimkhulu Municipality after last year’s local elections. – Another councillor murdered City Press 2/6/2017
The chamber concludes that by not arresting Omar al-Bashir while he was on its territory … South Africa failed to comply with the court’s request” for his arrest and surrender, presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser said. – ICC rules SA had a duty to arrest Bashir Times Live 6/7/2016
If Alan Paton were alive today he would no doubt write a book called ‘Loot the Beloved Country’. It too would be a best seller. – John Kane-Berman Between To Fires (Jonathan Ball, 2017)
Parts of the ceilings in wards at two East Rand hospitals collapsed on Friday‚ the Gauteng health department said. – Parts of ceilings collapse in wards at Tembisa and Pholosong hospitals Times Live 22/7/2017
Minister Des van Rooyen, our esteemed finance minister for four days, spent seven consecutive days at the Gupta’s Saxonwold compound before he was appointed. Think about it: he spent more days at Saxonwold than he did as finance minister. – Nadine Dreyer Sunday Times 23/7/2017
- Ed Herbst is a retired veteran journalist who writes in his own capacity.