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Why Was Xiaomei Havard Appointed as a Replacement MP in South Africa Given That She Has No Political Experience?

Newly appointed Member of Parliament (MP) for South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC), Xiaomei Havard. Picture: Facebook

Although the overt racist and xenophobic reactions following last month’s appointment by South Africa’s ruling African National Congress of Xiaomei Havard as a replacement member of parliament have largely died down, many party members are now wondering how someone with no previous political experience or other relevant credentials was able to get the seat. 

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