Cape Town – The New Year will be a chance for South Africans to rewrite history, the DA has said.
As the country celebrated the last day of the year, some political parties reflected on the ups, and downs of 2015 and the possibilities in the New Year.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Thursday that the people of the country should put South Africa first in 2016 and focus on economic growth and job creation.
"Building a thriving economy starts with electing the right leaders for the country. The start of New Year brings with it an opportunity to reflect on the past year and the 2016 year ahead of us. 2016 brings with it a significant opportunity to rewrite history as we head to the Local Government Elections (LGEs) later in the year," he said in a statement.
He called on South Africans to register to vote in 2016.
The Young Communist League, however, believes it will be the year to roll back the gains and advances of the capitalist class.
National spokesperson Khaya Xaba said the New Year should be about empowering the youth.
"We are going to approach 2016 very aggressively as we make our contribution to the intensification of a radical transformation or the second phase of transition."
He said the New Year represented a clean slate to close ranks and build cohesion in both the tripartite alliance and the Progressive Youth Alliance.
"For the ANC to decisively win the 2016 Local Government elections it's... imperative that we unite and forge forward towards an overwhelming victory and build a better life for all."
Earlier in the day, President Jacob Zuma said the New Year was an opportunity for South Africans to work harder for a better country.