On Tuesday, Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament (MP) Phumzile Van Damme claims she was subjected to a racist tirade at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront and wants action taken.
In the video below a clearly upset Van Damme recounts the events to a V&A security manager who appears to do nothing.
Van Damme claims she was in a store queue at the popular mall when a woman standing with her family had an argument with her. Upon leaving the store, Van Damme says the family acted in a 'threatening manner' with the son coming right up close to her face and allegedly said "voetsek you black", threw her phone on the ground, after which she says she punched him in self-defence.
Around 9pm on Tuesday night the V&A responded to Van Damme with an apology on Twitter. She thanked them for the apology writing 'Please train your staff better and I am glad to see your commitment to banning anyone from your mall who exhibits racist behaivour.'
She says the CCTV footage she requested can only be viewed by the police and she will be laying a charge on Wednesday.
Management of @VandAWaterfront if you’re going to allow racism & racists on your premisis, 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 pic.twitter.com/YIriYXUKQW— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) June 18, 2019
The family. This lady was filming me the entire time, so I tried to take photos & that little shit in the black t-shirt came to my face & came within my face & “voetsek you black” & threw on the ground. He was threatening violence so in self-defense I punched him in the head. pic.twitter.com/fJL994ICU8— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) June 18, 2019
Thank you for your apology, I appreciate it. Please train your staff better and I am glad to see your commitment to banning anyone from your mall who exhibits racist behaivour. https://t.co/xggUgc8xlG— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) June 18, 2019
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : [VIDEO] DA's Van Damme accuses family of racism, V&A Waterfront apologises