Major divisions as tweeps voice opinions on Helen Zille, Phumzile van Damme spat
Opinions on the spat between the DA's Helen Zille and Phumzile van Damme continue to set Twitter on fire, with tweeps split between the two politicians.
Van Damme's alleged first-hand experience with racism at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town last week continues to make waves after Zille chimed in. While she did not accuse Van Damme of lying about the incident, Zille said on Sunday that the other side of the story is needed.
"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", she tweeted in reply to someone who said eyewitnesses placed Van Damme as the instigator in the incident.
Not long after, the two trended on Twitter as Van Damme fired back at Zille, accusing her of "invalidating" her experience.
Mzansi was divided.
There are always tweets saying we are never united then the opportunity presents itself to be united but the same people will tweet things like “uyalayeka uPhumzile” smh. I strongly believe where racism is involved, support the victim regardless of how you feel about them.— The Real Flo Letoaba (@floletoaba1) June 23, 2019
People must get this right, we will defend #Phumzilevandamme even when we don't agree with her political stance, she is black and her experience is not unique to ours. Our solidarity towards her is not political but rather plight driven. Racism is violent, period— Bongani Mnisi (@bonganimnisi1) June 23, 2019
Phumzile Van Damme's timeline must be miserable. Before her racist incident, She blocked all the black people who were against racism, now it's only racists who are remaining on her Twitter. And I can imagine all of them are attacking her.— Tumelo Mapaa (@DjNewSouthAfric) June 23, 2019