IEC: DA MP is a legal South African

The IEC says it accepted Phumzile van Damme's candidature for MP because her ID documents were valid.

FILE: The IEC says it accepted Phumzile van Damme's candidature for MP because her ID documents were valid. Picture: Amanda Moore/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) CEO Mosotho Moepya has told Eyewitness News the IEC accepted Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Phumzile van Damme's candidature because the papers she submitted were valid identity documents.

The Sunday Times has claimed van Damme lied about where she was born and that she's not legally allowed to sit in the National Assembly because she was born in Swaziland.

Moepya says van Damme followed all the correct procedures when her name was submitted by the DA for the National Assembly.

"At the time of her registering, the validity of the ID was checked and we accepted that on the strength of the ID presented. It was a valid South African ID."

He also says that the IEC will take no action and the matter may now rest with the Department of Home Affairs.

Van Damme and the DA have both said she is a South African and legally allowed to be an MP.