- The ANC has appointed Xiaomei Havard as the New Minister in the Presidency on Wednesday
- Xiaomei Havard initially came to South Africa to pursue her studies but was later given citizenship
- Mzansi social media users had mixed reactions to the governments new appointment
Following the untimely passing of Minister Jackson Mthembu, the ANC had to find a replacement. The political party has appointed Xiaomei Havard as the new minister in the presidency.
Mzansi had mixed reactions to the appointment and had quite a lot to say after Havard was sworn in the National Assembly on Wednesday.
Briefly News looks at some interesting facts about Harvard:
- Havard came to South Africa to pursue her studies.
- She was later granted citizenship in the country.
- She was born in Henan, China.
- Harvard is married to a South African.
- She is also the honorary president of the Africa Federation of Chinese Women in Commerce and Industry.
- Harvard is the co-president of the South Africa-China Famous Female Business Council.
South African social media users decided to have their say on the ANC's latest appointment, and quite a lot of them were unimpressed.
"This feels so disrespectful that the ANC replaces the late Jackson Mthembu with a Chinese businesswoman? Enough is enough! ANC must be removed."
"I really don't care who replaces Jackson Mthembu. As long as they're effective and impactful. Our country is on its knees!"
"ANC, don't you think this is an insult to the late Jackson Mthembu?
Briefly.co.za previously reported that there was an uproar on social media as the Chinese ANC official was sworn in as the Minister in the Presidency. 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.
The ANC shared a post to their website about the new positions stating that the ceremony was a Hybrid swearing-in by the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Lechesa Tsenoli.
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