Van Damme intends to lay charge after racial altercation

Phumzile van Damme during a march.

Phumzile van Damme during a march.

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CAPE TOWN – Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Phumzile van Damme wants to lay a criminal charge against those involved in an alleged racial altercation with her.

The incident sparked a Twitter backlash after Van Damme admitted to slapping a boy.

In a tweet last week, Van Damme said she noticed she was being filmed by a woman while at the V&A Waterfront.

When Van Damme attempted to take photos, she says one of the family members became verbally abusive towards her and grabbed her phone.

She says she was threatened with violence and retaliated by throwing a punch at a boy.

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The incident escalated over the weekend when Helen Zille weighed in and it led to another Twitter war between van Damme and former Western Cape premier.

Zille said she wished the family involved would present their side of the story.

Van Damme hit back, accusing Zille of trying to invalidate her experience and of dodging consequences for her own actions in the past.

The DA MP isn't talking to the media about the incident but has confirmed she’s preparing an affidavit for the police.

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The DA says it’s not taking any action just yet.

Meanwhile, the V&A Waterfront says it’s treating the incident as an altercation on its property and won’t be taking the matter any further.

It says it can only share security camera footage of the incident if those involved lay a criminal complaint.