- South Africans have raised concerns and frustrations regarding the swearing-in of Dr Xiaomei Harvard
- Harvard was sworn in on Wednesday, 27 January as Minister in the Presidency, replacing the late Jackson Mthembu
- #NoChineseInSAParliament is now trending on Twitter as SAns express their opinions about Harvard's appointment
There's been an uproar on social media after news broke that Dr Xaiomei Harvard was sworn into parliament to replace the late Jackson Mthembu.
According to the African National Congress' website, Parliament welcomed the appointment of five new members to fill vacancies in the National Assembly. The new Members of Parliament were sworn-in on Wednesday, 27 January.
South Africans have started the hashtag #NoChineseInSAParliament on Twitter which is currently at the number 1 trending spot.
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Below are just a few of the tweets regarding Harvard's new position:
"The #PutSouthAficansFirst is now insulting the EFF because the ANC in parliament swore in Dr Xiaomei Havard as Member of Parliament. #NoChineseInSAPaliarment."
"#PutSouthAficansFirst Where was Dr Xiaomei Havard during the struggle?#NoChineseInSAPaliarment."
"South Africa have a large number of unemployed graduates who qualify for that position. #NoChineseInSAPaliarment #PutSouthAficansFirst."
"Tweeting is one thing and taking action is another. Dear South Africans, let's not allow this disrespect. Not in our lifetime. #NoChineseInSAPaliarment"
"The ANC need to lose more than 50% of their seats in parliament before they do more harm to this beautiful country... I just wish there was a party in SA that we can put our hopes in. #NoChineseInSAPaliarment"
"I only have one question, can she even sing the National anthem? #NoChineseInSAPaliarment"
In other political news, Briefly.co.za recently reported that the Political Party Funding Act will become law on 1 April. President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement earlier this week. The act which was signed last year had not been given a commencement date.
The act has been set up to create transparency around political parties, the donations that go into funding their campaigns, and also where the donations come from. The act now also prohibits South African political parties from receiving donations from foreign entities.
They have also been prohibited from receiving donations from a state-owned enterprise or organ of the state.
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