It is standard practise for Happy New Year wishes to contain messages of peace, goodwill and hope for the future.
And while South African politicians by no means wished their compatriots ill for the coming year, from across the floor, many of our politicians seemed to break the mold by honing in on two themes as they wished us a happy New Year: the 2019 elections, and "the revolution". Having recently joined the Twitterverse, former president and soon-to-be recording artist, Jacob Zuma wished South Africans a "revolutionary" New Year.
I would like to wish you all a prosperous new year. Please be safe, drink responsibly and enjoy the rest of the festive season with family and friends.
Let 2019 be a revolutionary year to you.-- Jacob G Zuma (@PresJGZuma) December 31, 2018 EFF leader Julius Malema wished for exactly the same thing.
Revolutionary one to all of you.