- While President Cyril Ramaphosa was eerily quiet on Christmas Day, Deputy President David Mabuza shared his festive message
- Mabuza encouraged Mzansi to turn their sights onto the potential the impending new year holds
- The Deputy President told the nation that they should avoid falling into despair despite the difficult year
Deputy President David Mabuza has shared his festive message for South Africans on Christmas Day.
While President Cyril Ramaphosa was unusually quiet on the holiday, Mabuza shared his hope for the new year:
"The end of the year is a special time for everyone. It marks the pinnacle of individual and collective journeys we have traversed in the course of the year. It is a time to reflect on where we are, as we prepare for the beginning of a new year, which marks a new season in our lives."
This year has been an immensely difficult one for many citizens and the Deputy President acknowledged this:
"There is no doubt that this 2020 Christmas period is no ordinary festive season. The Year 2020 has been like no other in the recent past. The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about hardship, disruptions and pain in our lives."
But, Mabuza explained, the festive season brings hope for renewal to South Africa:
"Notwithstanding all these setbacks, Christmas inspires a new season of hope, a leap into new vistas of progress and future prospects. We should not despair. This nation shall rise again, and set itself on a path of recovery. Ours is a resilient nation that has over the years, withstood all manner of storms and vicissitudes thrown in its way. We are a nation that has emerged from a divided and painful past, but emerged stronger, united and triumphant in the face of adversity. "
The politician shared hope for the nation's future, signalling his confidence in a light at the end of the tunnel:
"This nation shall rise again as long as we all stand up and work together in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic."
"As a nation, we must deepen social solidarity, hold each other’s hands and promote love, generosity and compassion during this festive season. We must pull ourselves up, and fight together to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic, and ensure that we protect and support the poor and vulnerable people within our society."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that South Africa's mutant variant of the coronavirus is what experts believe is driving the second surge of Covid-19 infections.
Numerous countries have opted to impose travel bans on SA, banning flights completely to Mzansi.
Now, China has joined this list and extended a compulsory quarantine by an additional seven days, 21 in total, for all visitors from outside the country.
All people who have been in SA over the past 21 days are now banned from boarding for Hong Kong.
A statement was released on Christmas even with authorities commenting on the situation:
"Noting the drastic change of the global pandemic situation with the new virus variant found in more countries, there is a need for the government to introduce resolute measures immediately... to ensure that no case would slip through the net."
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