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Phumzile Van Damme brands Gareth Cliff, John Steenhuisen ‘losers’

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Oct 23, 2021

Former DA MP Phumzile Van Damme has never been one to hold back and is now weighing in on the controversy surrounding media personality Gareth Cliff and her ex-boss John Steenhuisen.

In case you missed it: Cliff, Steenhuisen and One South Africa Movement member Mudzuli Rakhivhane were talking about the Phoenix posters which sparked furore just recently. The DA caught fire for putting up its posters which read: “The ANC calls you racists, the DA calls you heroes.”  – this is in reference to the violence which broke out in the area back in July. A clip from the conversation was shared on Twitter by Rakhivhane  which quickly led to Cliff topping the Twitter Trends list because of a remark he made in the video which Tweeps found “racist”.

Phumzile slams Gareth Cliff and John Steenhuisen

Like many others, Phumzile Van Damme is not impressed with John Steenhuisen and Gareth Cliff over the cringeworthy debate. Both men are already catching some heat on social media.

“Please do not be angered by those two men. They are not worth your time. Life has already taken care of them. The one used to be on prime time radio, Idols. Look now. After grinning gleefully, the other went & shot himself in the foot *again* about the Phoenix posters. Losers,” Van Damme says on Twitter referring to Cliff and Steenhuisen.

“But, I suppose, the former is a politician and you are right to demand better. I guess I keep my expectations low when it comes to that subject & that chap. Yeah. Seemed about right,” she added.

Van Damme is already at loggerheads with Steenhuisen, something which led to her exit from the party earlier this year.

Please do not be angered by those two men. They are not worth your time. Life has already taken care of them. The one used to be on prime time radio, Idols. Look now. After grinning gleefully, the other went & shot himself in the foot *again* about the Phoenix posters. Losers.

— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) October 23, 2021

More background: During the exchange, Cliff cites the Institute of Race Relations’ reports, which says racism is not a priority for South Africans. Rakhivhane then replied by saying, “They obviously don’t experience the type of racism I experience on a daily basis.”

“Your personal experience is completely anecdotal and unimportant to all of us, sorry,” Cliff said in response.

South Africans are now gunning for Nandos, which sponsored the show on Cliff’s online radio station CliffCentral.

When they try to talk over you and tell you that your experiences as a black woman in South Africa do not matter. Racism is structural and even operates at a municipal level. The literal definition of black lives don’t matter. pic.twitter.com/i2KcVzjcCd

— Mudzuli Rakhivhane (@mudzy_r) October 22, 2021

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