Phumzile Van Damme mentioned that a white girl and her loved ones made use of racist language against her
A black South African MP states she punched a man in self-defence following he allegedly hurled racial abuse at her.
Phumzile van Damme from the opposition Democratic Alliance claimed she got into a row with a white female at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront when the man intervened.
She reported the person, who was white, was “threatening violence” and utilized vulgar language to tell her to get out, referring to her as “you black”.
The V&A Waterfront, a leading vacationer website, has apologised for the incident.
Ms van Damme was unsatisfied with the remedy she obtained from a protection officer when she claimed the incident.
“We regret this incident, which we did not handle with the necessary objectivity, respect and empathy,” the V&A Waterfront stated on its Twitter account.
Ms van Damme claimed she was standing in a queue in the grocery store when she experienced a quarrel with a woman who allegedly informed her she would “push [her] aside”.
“Then when I went out, she was standing there with her loved ones in a threatening method. And I went to her and stated, ‘why are you wanting at me in a threatening fashion?’ Then she mentioned, ‘it’s since you’re black’, Ms van Damme stated in a video clip on Twitter.
She stated a guy, who was with the girl, “was threatening violence so in self-defence I punched him in the head”.
Ms van Damme claimed she approved V&A Waterfront’s apology and their dedication not to tolerate unacceptable behaviour from its patrons.
She has, however, threatened to file rates with the police.
I requested CCTV footage from the CEO of the V&A and he educated me it can only be produced accessible to SAPS in conditions of the law. I will be laying rates tomorrow, I unfortunately do not know the names of the racist loved ones but I hope @SAPoliceService will be equipped to track them down
— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) June 18, 2019