Van Damme’s mother has a history of lying – report

2014-07-06 15:02
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Cape Town - Red flags as to DA MP Phumzile van Damme’s citizenship continue to be raised after a Sunday newspaper obtained parliamentary records that show her mother has a history of making false claims to officials.

According to the Sunday Times, Van Damme’s mother, Sibongile Lynette van Damme, has lied about employment contracts, her struggle credentials with the ANC, and about misrepresenting her daughter’s birthplace among others.

The newspaper states that it has emerged that both mother and daughter have been warned since the mid 1990s against misrepresenting Phumzile’s birthplace as Nelspruit.

It is understood that Phumzile’s adoption papers, by Hugo van Damme, clearly state she was born in Swaziland.

Last week the newspaper reported that Phumzile was born in Swaziland and that she possessed a fraudulently acquired South African identity document and citizenship.


Concerns were however, raised a few weeks back when a story cast doubt over Van Damme’s eligibility to be a Member of Parliament based on whether she was in fact born in South Africa or in Swaziland.

Mother and daughter both vehemently stuck to their stories that she had been born in South Africa – in Nelspruit.

The DA also responded and spokesperson Marius Redelinghuys said in a statement that Van Damme was a South African.

"Van Damme is a South African citizen and possesses the necessary documentation to support this, including a birth certificate and a valid identity document," he said.

"She was also under the impression that she was born outside Nelspruit, as reflected in her birth certificate."

After being confronted over the issue, Van Damme categorically said she has not had an opportunity to investigate the circumstances of her birth and registration, having accepted her mother's account.

Van Damme's biological father, Elroy Mayisela, was also a Swazi national. If Van Damme was found to have misrepresented her citizenship, it would disqualify her from being a South African MP, the newspaper reported.
- News24
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