Meet The First Chinese In A South African Parliament

Chinese In A South African Parliament

Meet The First Chinese In A South African Parliament

Xiaomei Havard was yesterday announced as the replacer of the late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, as an MP.

Yesterday’s announcement by ANC’s Chief Whip, Pemmy Majodina has been received with mixed feelings by many South Africans on social media particularly on Twitter.

Chinese In A South African Parliament
First Chinese In A South African Parliament

Four other vacant positions were also filled after the deaths of MPs Pumza Dyantyi, Loyiso Mpumlwana, Nomvuzo Shabalala and Nombulelo Hermans. Dyantyi was replaced by former OR Tambo District municipal mayor Dingaan Myolwa.

Kavilan Pillay from KwaZulu-Natal replaced Mpumlwana, who died in December last year, while Nkosinathi Dlamini, also from KZN, replaced Shabalala, who died in the same month.

Ponani Makhubele from Limpopo replaced Herans, who died earlier this month from COVID-19 related complications.

In a space of two weeks, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has lost ten Ministers to COVID-19.

Zimbabwe has so far lost three Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Dr. Sibusiso Busi Moyo, Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Dr. Joel Matiza and Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Dr. Ellen Gwaradziamba. Their deaths followed the death of another Minister, Perrance Shiri, who succumbed to the deadly virus in July last year.

Malawi recently lost Transport Minister Sidik Mia and Local Government and Rural Development Minister Lingson Berekanyama. The former governor of Malawi’s central bank, Mr Francis Perekamoyo, and the principal secretary in Ministry of Information, Mr. Enerst Kantchentche, also died of the virus.

Eswatini has so far lost two ministers and a Prime Minister to the virus, the Minister of Labour and Social Security Makhosi Vilakati and Minister of Public Service Christian Ntshangase succumbed to COVID-19 while Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini died in December last year.

To date, the African continent has recorded more than three million COVID-19 cases with more than 80 000 succumbing to the deadly virus.

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