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Zakhele Mbhele replaces Phumzile van Damme as DA Shadow Comms Minister

Initially, Van Damme said she would challenge the decision, but she appeared to have changed her mind.

Zakhele Mbhele. Picture: LinkedIn

JOHANNESBURG - Zakhele Mbhele is the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) new Shadow Minister of Communications.

This after MP Phumzile van Damme was forced to take what party leader John Steenhuisen said is a sabbatical.

Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone told Eyewitness News the sabbatical is to allow Van Damme time to recover from a debilitating illness and that it's just for three months.

It’s now not clear what will happen to Van Damme or Mbbele after the three-month period.

Mbhele was previously Deputy Shadow Minister of Small Business.

Mazzone said a new cabinet is appointed after every party congress.

Initially, Van Damme said she would challenge the decision, but she appeared to have changed her mind. She now says she'll 'abide by this instruction' and said she will communicate with the party through her lawyers in 2021.

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