National 27.7.2016 03:48 pm

Van Damme slams ‘coward’ Mbalula and AKA

DA MP Phumzile Van Damme. Picture: Gallo Images

DA MP Phumzile Van Damme. Picture: Gallo Images

The DA spokesperson says she’s not afraid of the minister’s ‘smack talk’, when he implied that she was acting like an Afrikaner.

National spokesperson of the DA Phumzile Van Damme slated Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula and rapper Kiernan Forbes, otherwise known as AKA.

This after AKA aired his disapproval of the DA using former president Nelson Mandela in canvassing for votes ahead of the August 3 local government elections.

He said Mandela was once seen as a leader of a terrorist organisation by the DA, and now “he’s a part of [the DA’s] narrative”.

Forbes asked whether Mandela had ever condemned the ANC or its leader President Jacob Zuma.

“Don’t even get me started on the DA using Mandela’s name to campaign. White privilege has now, truly …. Lost its mind and its bearings,” he tweeted.

“Mandela was considered the head of a “terrorist organization” ….today he’s a part of their narrative.

“Did Mandela ever denounce the ANC or Jacob Zuma? …. Ok, I get it … So he died and made you his spokesperson. Gotcha!”

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In a tweet, she called on AKA to focus on music, adding that history was apparently a thing he was not good at.

She told The Citizen telephonically that she was angered by the ANC’s attack on the DA, which was shamelessly distorting political history to try to discredit the opposition challenger ahead of next week’s election that the “DA leaders were never part of the apartheid government. It was the apartheid government that called Mandela a terrorist, not the DA.”

Mbalula, however, had come to the defence of the rapper, who often performs at ANC rallies. The minister said Van Damme must not try to behave like “original ‘Vans'”. The word ‘Van’ is found in many surnames in the Afrikaner population of South Africa and other European countries. Based on this, it appears he was saying that Van Damme mustn’t behave like Afrikaners.

The DA spokesperson hit back at the minister, saying he mustn’t be a coward. She called on him to approach her directly if he had anything to say.

“Someone tell Mbalula not to be a coward & tweet smack from behind the block button. If he has something to say to me, I’m here. Angimsabi,” she said.

 

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