Phumzile van Damme, a former Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP), has revealed why she left the party, admitting that she resigned after the official opposition forbade her from criticizing Facebook for failing to appear at a Parliamentary hearing.
Van Damme said in June that she would be leaving the DA and focusing on an initiative to monitor and counteract misinformation. This came months after she resigned from Parliament, sparking rumors that her departure was due to a difficult relationship with senior party leaders, including Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone.
Phumzile van Damme had remained tight-lipped about the reasons for her departure from the DA until now. Van Damme singles out Steenhuisen and Mazzone in a series of tweets. They allegedly advised her not to go after Facebook because of the potential impact on votes.
"The Chief Whip, Mazzone, warned me to stop using Facebook the day I resigned. I couldn't do it without compromising my ideals, so I resigned, "reads part of one of van Damme's tweets.
"I had no intention of participating in this. When I resigned, I said, "Leave me alone, and I'll leave you alone." I've been going about my business as usual. You told me not to go after Facebook because it would sway the votes of the parties. "I declined.
"I'm relieved that my name is no longer involved with the farce that has become the DA under your leadership. You're the laughingstock of the country, and you're in the DA. I had no intention of going to war, but you (John Steenhuisen) couldn't keep your trap shut, could you? Please mention my name once more. I beg you, "van Damme continued on Twitter.
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