DA cut corners on Van Damme - ANC

2014-06-29 19:06
Phumzile van Damme (Twitter)

Phumzile van Damme (Twitter)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance was desperately recruiting and parading black people in a bid to conceal its real identity, the ANC said on Sunday.

Reacting to the Sunday Times report that cast doubt on DA MP Phumzile van Damme's eligibility to be a Member of Parliament, the office of the ANC chief whip accused the DA of cutting corners.

"It would seem that, in its window-dressing exercise of desperately recruiting and parading black people to conceal its real identity, the DA has cut corners," spokesperson  Moloto Mothapo said in a statement.

By doing so, the DA had exposed a young African woman to unnecessary public humiliation.

"This public scrutiny into her personal life... could have been avoided had the DA conducted basic checks and made corrections where necessary," he said.

The scrutiny on Van Damme's personal life was unfair, intrusive and cruel.

"The DA should take full responsibility for putting her in this situation by flouting processes in its bid to use young blacks as window dressers in its ranks," said Mothapo.

"The DA does not have the interest of bright young black people except to exploit, humiliate and discard them, as they have done recently with Lindiwe Mazibuko."

ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement they called upon all relevant institutions to undertake an "urgent investigation" into the circumstances surrounding Van Damme's election.

The ruling party called on the DA to issue a full explanation regarding the undermining of constitutional order.


"And further, apologise to the people of South Africa for misleading and lying to them," Kodwa said.

Earlier on Sunday, the DA said Van Damme was oblivious of questions around her citizenship until the Sunday Times made an inquiry to her.

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 shown the Sunday Times' allegations, 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.

The newspaper reported that Van Damme was born in Manzini, Swaziland, in 1983, and that her mother, Lynette van Damme, was born in Hlathikhulu village, also in Swaziland.

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.

Redelinghuys said the Sunday Times report was libellous and the party would lay a complaint with the Press Ombudsman.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  swaziland  |  southern africa  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.