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Forget about the allegations of corruption, it’s where you’re born that really matters ... on Twitter, at least

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The trending hashtag on Twitter was loud, clear and, at least for a moment, reassuring.

It had taken a day for the news to sink in that ANC MP Xiaomei Havard had been appointed as successor to the late Jackson Mthembu. But by Thursday afternoon a hashtag was trending that said it all: #SARejectsXiaomeiHavard.

As I said earlier, I approved of his hashtag, at least for a few seconds, and I wasn’t alone. In 2019, Havard’s own party tried to have her removed from its election lists after the ANC’s “integrity commission” named her among 23 members suspected of “corruption, mismanagement and other acts of misconduct”. And, while I should stress that investigations are ongoing and nothing has been proved, I have to say that when the ANC accuses you of being crooked, well, let’s just leave it at that...

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