South African opposition parties clearly have an eye on the elections in the new year, as they wished South Africans a happy 2019.
In his New Years' message, opposition leader Mmusi Maimane didn't reflect much on 2018, but looked straight ahead to 2019, a year in which he wants to see a united South Africa. He was also the only leader who released a statement that didn't refer to the looming elections.
"I would like to wish all South Africans a prosperous 2019 on behalf of the Democratic Alliance (DA). Whilst 2018 brought with it a number of changes and challenges, we have within us the resilience as a nation to build a brighter future in 2019," Maimane said in a statement.
"Our priorities should be to build an economy that is inclusive, ensure all are safe in their homes and deliver better basic services."He said the economy must accommodate the matriculants who will leave school this year and inspire hope to all people.
"2019 must be a year where we build on our 1994 consensus of constitutionalism and non-racialism.