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.
Repoterd in EyeGambia 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?
Xiaomei Havard is a South African citizen who was born in Henan, China and moved to South Africa to study a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Johannesburg. She obtained South African citizenship after getting married to a South African husband.
Name: Xiaomei Zhang Havard
Age: To be updated
Nationality: Chinese- South African
Current City: Cape Town
Political Party: African National Congress (ANC)
Position: Member of Parliament
Occupation: Businesswoman, Politician
PhD in Computer Science at the University of Johannesburg
Master’s degree in electrical engineering from a Chinese university.
In 2019 Havard topped the ANC MPL list when she comes out at number 130 above some big names in the ruling party which included current Ministers, former ministers and prominent leaders. This positioned her to one day represent ANC in the National Assembly as the Member of Parliament.
In May 2019, Xiaomei Havard stood for election to the South African National Assembly as 130th on the ANC’s national list. Due to the ANC’s electoral performance, she did not win a seat in parliament. It was later revealed that she was one of 23 MP candidates (Including Malusi Gigaba, Batabile Dlamini, Gwede Mntashe, Nomvula Mokonyane and Vice President David Mabuza) that the ANC’s integrity committee wanted to remove from the party’s lists because of “corruption, management and other acts of misconduct.”
Prior to her appointment to replace Jackson Mthembu in the National Assembly, Havard also served on several Chinese business forums and Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA) forums.
Currently, she serves as co-president of the SA-China Famous Female Business Council and Honourable President of Africa Federation of Chinese Women in Commerce & Industry
The newly sworn-in ANC Member of Parliament Xiaomei Havard has business interests in Trade, Tourism, Technology and Manufacturing industries, she has a Net Worth of $1.7 million.
Dr Xiaomei Zhang Havard is Chinese born but obtained her South African citizenship after marrying an ANC benefactor who is also a businessman.