S. African president remembers victims of COVID-19 in New Year message
FILE PIC: The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. /AP

FILE PIC: The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. /AP

The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday took time to remember the victims of the coronavirus pandemic in his New Year message saying the country is taking stock of the loss caused by COVID-19 with many lives lost this year due to the pandemic.

Ramaphosa made the remarks while delivering the New Year message for 2022.

"This is a sad time and a reminder of what they have lost and in many homes tonight, there's an empty space, which was once occupied by a father, a mother, a sister, a brother, or a child. During the course of the year, we have lost men and women who were pillars of strength in our communities, leaders, activists, and veterans of our struggle for liberation. For many of us, this is also a time to look back at the year we have been through, a time to reflect on the year that has gone by," said Ramaphosa.

He said that people should use this time of the year to make a positive contribution in one way or the other in their communities.

Ramaphosa wished the people well in 2022.

"As we welcome in the New Year, I wish you all joy, happiness, prosperity, and peace. This is a special time of year for us all. It is a time for family and for enjoying quality time with those we love."

Ramaphosa called on the people to work towards building "a better South Africa in 2022".

Some of those who succumbed to COVID-19 in 2021 include former Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, Member of Parliament Tozama Mantashe, businessman and investor Jabu Mabuza, and Giovanni Pretorius an Olympic boxer.

As of Thursday, a total of 91,061 people had succumbed to the COVID-19 in South Africa.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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