- Helen Zille and DA MP Phumzile van Damme got into an argument on Twitter over the weekend
- The interaction concerned the alleged racist incident at the V&A Waterfront
- The DA has not yet issued a statement regarding their spat
DA MP Phumzile van Damme and former party leader Helen Zille had an argument on Twitter over the weekend.
The spat concerned the alleged racist incident which Van Damme claims took place at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town last week.
The DA has not yet publicly commented on their interaction.
Van Damme says that a family at the Waterfront hurled racist insults at her. As a result, the MP claims that she punched one of them - a young man - in "self-defence".
However, tensions began to flare online after a Twitter user suggested that Van Damme could have been the aggressor in the altercation.
In response, Helen Zille tweeted, saying, "I wish the family would come forward and give us their perspective, but I suppose they are scared of potential consequences. It is hard, in these circumstances, to work out where the truth lies."
"What potential consequences would that be, Helen? Confirming their racism?" Van Damme replied.
Van Damme added that she hoped the family would release a video of the incident, which she believes will back up her version of events. The MP also accused Zille of invalidating her experience, according to IOL.
Zille, however, responded by saying that she had not meant to attack Van Damme.
A spokesperson for DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, has said that "it would be premature" to issue a public statement on the interaction between Zille and Van Damme at this time, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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