Van Damme to EFF's Shivambu: 'You are trash, a bottom feeder'

Tensions flared up once again on Twitter on Tuesday, 8 September 2020 – over the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) nationwide protest at Clicks stores. The Democratic Alliance' (DA) Phumzile Van Damme lashed out at the red berets' deputy president Floyd Shivambu, after he launched a fiery attack on former public protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela.

"Wow you truly are the trashiest of trash. A bottom feeder. She has far more intelligence, class & decency than you will ever have. She has done for SA than you ever will," Van Damme said in part.

Van Damme defends Thuli Madonsela

The DA MP was far from done and called Shivambu a patriarchal fool who was used to bullying people.

"You are so used to bullying harassing people and you think that makes you a Big Man. You have no shame speaking to a woman like that," she went on.

This time, the insults were spurred by a tweet, in which Madonsela essentially accused the EFF's leaders of camouflaging as supporters of the working class and black women.

"Some of us can see through misogyny masquerading as protecting black women and a self interested Gucci clad middle class masquerading as protectors of the working class," she tweeted.

Shivambu: Madonsela 'a fraud with an arranged questionable marriage'

Naturally, Shivambu, never one to take such jabs lying down, responded, labelling Madonsela as a fraud who was impulsively awarded her tenure at Stellenbosch University. He also took shots at the former public protector's personal life, calling her relationship with PR boss Dick Foxton "questionable". It's not clear whether the pair have exchanged vows, however Madonsela revealed in a television interview in 2018 that they were engaged.

"Some of us can also see a fraud with an arranged questionable marriage to a white Stellenbosch male and a prematurely awarded Professorship to a captured person who knows nothing about scholarship and has never produced any sound academic and research outcome"

Madonsela has been vocal about Clicks' controversial advert, which led the EFF to embark on a shutdown of the retailer's stores. As many as 400 outlets had to close doors after some incidents turned violent, with protestors vandalising property.

Shivambu isn't the first EFF leader to lash out at the former public protector as Mbuyiseni Ndlozi also took aim at her, telling her to "find the nearest hell".

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