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Phumzile van Damme: ‘I remain a member of the DA’

Phumzile Van Damme is setting the record straight, clarifying that while she no longer serveS in Parliament, she remains a member of the DA

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As South Africans continue to react to her sudden resignation as a Democratic Alliance (DA) MP, Phumzile van Damme has clarified that she remains a member of the party.

Van Damme announced her exit from the official opposition on Thursday evening, 20 May 2021, prompting a flood of social media responses and all kinds of speculation as to why she has opted to leave, including that she may be a casualty in the DA’s so-called “purging” of black members.

What exactly did Phumzile van Damme say about her resignation?

While Phumzile Van Damme doesn’t necessarily state she’s leaving the DA as well, parts of her statement certainly imply so.

“To be clear, I will not be joining another political party, nor will I be using my time to launch attacks on the DA,” she said.

But, if her own words aren’t anything to go by, the DA itself refers to Van Damme’s exit as both from Parliament and the party.

“The DA has received and accepted the resignation of Phumzile Van Damme as a Member of Parliament and from the Party,” the DA’s spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube said in the official party statement.

“We extend our best wishes to Phumzile and thank her for her extraordinary service to the DA in Parliament and by extension, the country”

When a Twitter user pointed out the DA’s own statement on Van Damme’s resignation, the former MP said she had not made any mention of leaving the party altogether.

“Er. Read my statement again. As for the DA statement, I don’t know. In my letter to party leadership I made no indication of terminating my membership, so…,” she said.

Replying to another social media user, Van Damme said there may have been an error, on the DA’s part.