- Julius Malema has done away with the usual niceties and opted for a stern New Year's message
- The EFF leader urged Mzansi to enjoy the festivities responsibly in his speech to mark the occasion
- The politician clearly wants South Africa to survive beyond tonight's celebrations
Julius Malema wants Mzansi to live long enough to see 2020, according to his New Year's address.
In a stern message to his supporters, the Economic Freedom Fighter cautioned against reckless behaviour:
“We call upon all of you who are travelling to be safe, to not speed, to not drink and drive. When you drink and drive you are already intending to kill someone on the road.”
Being a responsible citizen, according to Malema, is a way of practising self-love at a time where it's easy to get carried away.
Parents were urged to keep a watchful eye over their children and the youth were advised to steer clear of illicit substances:
“We don’t want you to die out of being irresponsible. We want you to live long to realise economic freedom in our lifetime."
The Red Beret founder warned against making reckless financial decisions as well, taking a jab at those who were too eager to party their pay away:
“Next year is going to be a crisis for you and your family and you will be irritating us with social media statuses which say ‘when days are dark, friends are few’. When it was you, out off dancing to music and festivities, you acted in a manner that is unacceptable. Remember January is still coming, you have to pay the rent, you have to pay the fees. Have that at the back of your mind as you go."
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had called on each citizen to do their part for the collective in his address. Ramaphosa was adamant that Mzansi had managed to overcome many hurdles in the last few months, with the future looking brighter for it.
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