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Van Damme to challenge Steenhuisen over decision to grant her a sabbatical - that she did not ask for

Phumzile van Damme Picture: Bongani Mbatha /African News Agency (ANA)

Phumzile van Damme Picture: Bongani Mbatha /African News Agency (ANA)

Published Dec 4, 2020

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Durban - The Democratic Alliance's Shadow Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Phumzile van Damme, is set to challenge a decision by the party's federal leader to grant her a sabbatical.

Taking to Twitter on Friday, Van Damme said she had been informed by John Steenhuisen that he was granting her a sabbatical.

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"I did not request it. He merely informed me. I could walk away but I choose to stay, and challenge it on principle," she tweeted.

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Van Damme said she had been on sick leave for three months but added that she was open about it and was due back at work on December 15.

"I informed the Chief Whip I'd stay on my committee work while on sick leave. I disclosed my illness even though I didn't need to. So it is being used against me to sideline me," she said.

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Van Damme asked if she had negated her duties while on leave.

"Did I drop the ball while I was sick"No. Even when I was sick, like I do when I am well, did I still outperform many of my colleagues? Yes. I asked for no sabbatical. I determine my health. My Drs determine my health. Not my employer," Van Damme tweeted.

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