A leaked intelligence report has concluded there is a “high likelihood” that African National Congress (ANC) MP Xiaomei Havard could be sharing classified information about South Africa with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), EBNewsDaily reported earlier today.
The South African government on Wednesday defended the country’s relations with China and distanced themselves from reports that Xiaomei Havard could potentially be a spy for the Chinese government.
In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, Deputy Minister for State Security in the Presidency Zizi Kodwa described the media reports as “wild allegations” and distanced the agency from them.
“The agency has taken note and serious exception to the News24 exclusive article purporting that they are in possession of an SSA report alleging ‘a finding of high likelihood of ANC MP Ms Xiaomei Havard to be spying for China’, the agency disassociates itself from this malicious falsehood perpetuated through the media platform to advance the ulterior motives of discrediting and undermining the integrity of the Agency,” he said through a statement on Wednesday.
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Xiaomei Havard says she’s not a spy
Talking to TimesLIVE, Havard herself dismissed the allegations saying “There are several mafias who have been sabotaging me for over five years. They plotted the distorted story, linked with several media. I am not a spy,”
“I never engage any spy allegations. Only God is with me, behind me. God will punish all these mafias and their stories [and] put the evil to hell. I’ve had enough, have to take legal action against the evil,” she added.