Zille and DA MP Phumzile van Damme were on Sunday embroiled in a Twitter spat over Van Damme’s calling out of racists at the centre, during which Van Damme said she was forced to punch a man in the head in self-defence, after he and his family attacked and threatened her.
On Sunday, a Twitter user insinuated Van Damme was the alleged instigator in the incident. “So it turns out my suspicions that #PvD was the aggressor + architect of the #PhantomRacism incident in the #VAndAWaterfront. Eyewitness reports place her as the instigator. Now can the family please come forward + charge her with aggravated assault? I will not pay her salary,” read the tweet.
Zille then jumped in and questioned where the tweeter’s information was sourced.
“I wish the family would come forward and give us their perspective but I suppose they are scared of potential consequences. It is hard, in these circumstances, to work out where the truth lies,” Zille tweeted.