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Uproar as South Africa’s ruling Party Swears Chinese immigrant into Parliament

The appointment and swearing-in of a Chinese immigrant, Xiaomei Havard by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has so far sparked outrage among many South Africans with the hashtag #NoChineseInSAParliament trending on Twitter in South Africa.

The widespread movement objecting her appointment has been joined by top officials like Mr. Zungula, President and representative of the African Transformation Movement (ATM) in the South African Parliament who asked the following question on Twitter: “If a black person born in China can never be a member of the Chinese Parliament… Why does SA allow a Chinese-born person to be a member of the SA Parliament, and make laws for South Africans?”

Xiaomei Havard, now a legally recognized member of parliament was sworn in on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 to take the position of Cde Jackson Mthembu and represent the Gauteng province where she has lived for a couple of years now.

The ANC party announced the candidature of the Chinese together with some other four members in an official communique which stated that the appointment was necessitated by the “passing on” of some Members of Parliament.

“The African National Congress in Parliament welcomes the appointment of five new members to fill vacancies in the National Assembly. These vacancies arose from the passing on of ANC MPs [..] and Minister in the Presidency…” A letter from the Office of the ANC Chief Whip, Hon. Pemmy Majodina said.

WHO IS XIAOMEI HAVARD?

The inclusion of the Chinese was faced with objections but who is she? Xiaomei Havard comes from Henan, the Central part of China; after moving into South Africa to pursue her education and staying for a while, she filed to become a citizen and this was granted. Havard acquired a doctorate degree in Computer Science from the University of Johannesburg. She resides in Gauteng, a province she is currently representing as a member of parliament. Havard who got married to a South African citizen has been keenly engaged in the country’s political activities since landing in South Africa. She joined the African National Congress in 2004 and contested in the 2019 election on the ticket of the ANC which she failed to win. 

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