"I Leave on My Own Terms": Phumzile Van Damme to Quit DA After Resigning as an MM

"I Leave on My Own Terms": Phumzile Van Damme to Quit DA After Resigning as an MM

- DA member Phumzile Van Damme has resigned as an MP and posted a statement on social media

- She claims that she was being tormented by a small number of people within the party

- This comes after her protracted legal battle with the Democratic Alliance over assault allegations

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DA member Phumzile Van Damme has resigned as an MP and says that she will also be leaving the Democratic Alliance.

This comes after the former shadow Minister of Communications announced that she was being tormented by a group with the DA.

"I leave on my own terms": Phumzile Van Damme to quit DA after resigning as an MP
Phumzile Van Damme has resigned as an MP and plans on quitting the DA. Photo credit: @PhumzileVanDammeMP
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She posted a statement on social media and said that had no plans on joining any other political party.

Van Damme maintained in her statement that it was not due to the perception that the DA was a 'racist party' that she is resigning but due to a small number of people within the DA.

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She has been involved in a protracted battle with the DA over allegations that she had physically assaulted a man.

"I have today tendered my resignation as a DA MP. Thank you so much, South Africa ❤️"

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Van Damme has said that she had been the target of emotional and psychological abuse from members of the party.

Back in December, she had been placed on sabbatical by the DA leader John Steenhuisen. She was adamant that she had not made the request for leave.

Earlier, Briefly News reported that Phumzile Van Damme did not want a break but was on sick leave, Steenhuisen granted her a sabbatical despite her being adamant that she wants to return to work.

A furious Phumzile has come out, guns blazing, after party leader John Steenhuisen granted her a sabbatical:

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"I have been informed by the Federal Leader of the DA John Steenhuisen that he is granting me a sabbatical. I didn’t request it. He merely informed me. I could walk away, but I choose to stay, and challenge it on principle."

In other news, Phumzile Van Damme, DA MP and former Shadow Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, says that she discovered the contents of the report concerning internal charges against her after a media report on the matter.

A riled Van Damme says that she has found out all details relating to the issue from external sources and not the party itself:

"What a fascinating story in the Sunday Times today about the DA “purge,” wherein I for the first time find out the contents of the report I will be charged on. I’ve found almost all details about this saga in the press. Not Fedex nor FLC has had the decency to inform me first. We are led."

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