- On Wednesday, the internal problems of the DA came to light, resulting in a heated exchange of words
- DA MP Phumzile Van Damme and Federal Chair Helen Zille both held nothing back as their fight played out in front of the masses
- Senior members of the DA have since reported Zille for her tweets
The DA's internal problems have once again bubbled to the surface as leaders exchange a few less-than-pleasant words with each other.
On Wednesday, Federal Chair Helen Zille and MP Phumzile van Damme engaged in a war of words over Zille's tweets.
It all began when once Twitter user said: "[I] don't know how Phumzile and the rest deal with this??"
The Twitter use, @Ka_Mavuso was refering to Helen Zille's latest tweets which have been branded as racist and divisive.
Zille responded, saying: "They chill at home and enjoy the sea view"
She was referring to Phumzile and other Black members of the DA. Zille's tweets did not go unnoticed and Phumzile was not going to take the attack lying down. She responded:
"I appreciate you have over 1 million followers and you may not see this. I would Whatsapp you, like the professionalism I extended to you by discussing your tweets internally. But it seems you're interested in a public discussion so @Helenzille, what exactly do you mean?"
Zille attempted to clarify what she meant but that did not go well. She said Van Damme was “relaxed and unperturbed” by her statement and that “this has nothing to do with race”.
Another Twitter user asked if Van Damme was "unperturbed" and relaxed" by the fact that Zille, in 2020, thinks there are more racist laws than there were in 1957. Van Damme said she was not relaxed at all and said Zille knows this.
Van Damme then addressed Zile, saying:
"You tweet outrageous things & then back pedal. Not a single person who read your tweet understood it to mean this. And it is not the first time you have publicly cast aspersions on my character. I saw your call, but since you raised this publicly, I want to discuss it here also."
News24 reported that senior black DA members have referred Zille's tweets to the party’s federal legal commission (FLC) for action to be taken against her.
Concluding the heated exchange, Van Damme issued a warning, saying she wasn't “as nice as” former party members Mmusi Maimane and Lindiwe Mazibuko.
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