Different political parties have wished South Africans a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Some of them have advised them to share with the poor and to use their savings sparingly.
Others including Cosatu and the SACP have expressed hope in the future following the ANC’s resolution on land and radical economic transformation.
The year 2017 was another tumultuous year for South Africans. Cost of living has been extremely high with the country now downgraded to junk status by different rating agencies. But as the year comes to an end, APC leader Themba Godi remains optimistic about the future saying the governing ANC’s intention to amend the constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation is good news for the poor.
And UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says to overcome the many challenges facing the country, South Africans need to pause for a moment and see themselves in a non-partisan way.
The EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi on the other hand is calling on South Africans to think of the less privileged this festive season.
And DA leader Mmusi Maimane shared the same sentiments.
Alliance partners Cosatu and the SACP also weighed in.
Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini has urged South African workers to use their savings sparingly under these difficult economic conditions.
The SACP’s Alex Mashilo says the country’s future demands a united nation in order to defend democracy and to overcome the tripple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.