Political parties urge South Africans to keep safe on Christmas Day

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Political parties have released their Christmas messages with many focusing on the trials South Africans have had to endure during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule says as the governing party, they have set the example by cancelling the party’s annual January 8th celebrations.

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen says South Africans should still remember the special joys of Christmas, despite the coronavirus second wave forcing people to have smaller gatherings.

IFP leader Velenkosini Hlabisa has called on the country to remember and support people that the pandemic has directly affected.

“As we approach this Christmas Day, let us be mindful that many families have lost their income and their homes, let us, therefore, extend a hand of solidarity and support to a neighbour in need. This Christmas I also want to thank every South African who pro-actively cares for our nation.”

COPE spokesperson Dennis Bloem says during Christmas celebrations, South Africans must take responsibility for their own lives.

Bloem says people must still be careful, “A dark cloud is hanging over our heads, our joy and happiness have been turned into tears. Our wish is that all of us must take responsibility for our own health and lives. We wish everybody Happy Christmas under these very difficult circumstances.”

The Economic Freedom Fighters has urged all members of society to keep safe and practice kindness, empathy and consideration for all. “May we practice the spirit of Ubuntu and help those who are needy without expecting recognition or anything in return.”

 

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