GARETH VAN ONSELEN: What’s eating Phumzile van Damme?
Her Twitter timeline is filled with conspiracies, secret plots and agendas, all set in motion by her enemies, all designed to undermine and ruin her
“I am the DA’s warrior. It’s who I am, I will fight to the death for a just cause. I go into battle and I don’t retreat. The warrior has had to sit down calmly and the empath side of my personality has been working hard and I can never be anyone else than who I am, half-blade, half-silk.” — Phumzile van Damme There is a perception that Twitter is inherently limiting. It’s not true; it is, in fact, deeply revealing. A character limit might constrain nuance and evidence but, when it comes to the platform’s true power — the ability to lay bare one’s base instincts — it is a peerless force for transparency. Spend long enough on it and your disposition will inevitably be set out in great detail, whether you recognise it or not. The DA has a number of high-profile online personalities now, who, unable to resist the Siren-like call of Twitter or the temporary high, politically correct judgment induces, have waded headstrong into debates without thinking, but with serious consequence. There...
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