The appointment of Xiaomei Havard, a Chinese-born South African businesswoman, as a member of Parliament (MP) following the passing of minister Jackson Mthembu in the National Assembly has been met with mixed reactions.
Following Mthembu’s sudden passing, the ANC appointed Havard to fill his seat in the National Assembly and she was sworn in on Wednesday.
Dr Xiaomei Havard replaces late Minister Jackson Mthembu at National Assembly. pic.twitter.com/YrxoTmU0Gq
— #NativeOfBelaBela (@tsheko2020) January 28, 2021
Havard arrived in South Africa to study, later acquiring her South African citizenship.
She was born in Henan, China, and is married to a South African. She joined the ANC back in 2004.
She has been a member of multiple Chinese businesses and Brics forums. Havard is also the honorary president of the Africa Federation of Chinese Women in Commerce and Industry and the co-president of the South Africa-China Famous Female Business Council, according to her profile on professional network LinkedIn.
This feels so disrespectful that the ANC replaces the late Jackson Mthembu with a Chinese businesswoman??? Enough is enough!!! ANC must be removed!!!
— #XaKuvumeWenaNkosi ???????????????? (@GenSiboko_ZA) January 28, 2021
In other news, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have lambasted the governing party for the appointment of Minister of Small Business Khambudzo Ntshavheni as acting Minister in Presidency, a position left vacant by Mthembu’s death.
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The party said that Ntshavheni had not done anything meaningful in the development of small businesses.
The party also reiterated its calls for the Department of Small businesses to be placed under the Department of Trade and Industry.
“The functions of the Department of Small Businesses ought to be linked with entities and programmes in the development of trade and industry.
I really don’t care who replaces Jackson Mthembu. As long as they’re effective and impactful.
Our country is on its knees…!!
Asia-phobia ya lona ya nkga maan.
— Heelang!!???????? (@dudummeti) January 28, 2021
ANC has appointed Chinese national as an MP to replace the late Jackson Mthembu pic.twitter.com/Fw6086MCDg
— Segopotje Nkadimeng (@SegopotjeNkadi3) January 28, 2021