18 June 2019

South Africa: DA MP Phumzile Van Damme Throws Punch 'In Self-Defence', Waterfront Probing 'Race Row'

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Phumzile van Damme arrives ahead of the 2018 State of the Nation Address at the National Assembly, Cape Town.

The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is investigating an incident after DA MP Phumzile van Damme posted about an alleged racist ordeal at the popular tourist destination on Tuesday.

Van Damme explained on Twitter that the incident resulted in her punching a young man "in self-defence", after he came into her space and allegedly said "voetsek you black" and threw her phone on the ground.

She shared her frustration with the way a manager from the Waterfront dealt with her complaint.

"Management of @VandAWaterfront if you're going to allow racism & racists on your premisis [sic], please announce it to all. I will not stand for anyone's racism towards me or anyone. And don't send me some PR clichéd response either, ACTION," she tweeted.

She shared that the correct thing would have been for the manager to take her details and apologise for what happened. She asked that the centre ban the family from the premises.

In response, Waterfront spokesperson Donald Kau said they had noted her tweets and "are engaging with her directly on this issue, as well as with the security manager involved to get a full account of the incident".

Kau said they were also reviewing video footage of the alleged incident.

"We do not tolerate any act of racism at the V&A Waterfront, an environment which daily sees thousands of visitors from all walks of life, from all over the country, and all over the world, enjoying its facilities," said Kau.

"We would ban anyone who displays racist behaviour on the property, with immediate effect."

Source: News24

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