"It became a bit of a cult" - these are the words of former DA MP, who lifted the lid on her final few months in the party.
"John and I had a good relationship. I reckon he was under a lot of pressure from people who dislike me in the DA, because I kind of represented a DA that was a little bit more progressive and more in touch with SA, and wanted the DA to speak about race". Van Damme said.
"The DA changed when he [John Steenhuisen] was elected. It became a bit of a cult. It was like you are not 100% obedient, you'd be bullied, terrorized and sidelined". She added.
Van Damme also explained that she and former DA leader who is the party's federal council chairperson Helen Zille have no beef, despite their public squabbles.
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