Democratic Alliance MP, Phumzile Van Damme, has vowed to challenge her party after DA leader  John Steenhuisen allegedly granted her a sabbatical without her having asked for it.

Van Damme disclosed the matter on Twitter yesterday afternoon.

The MP says she’s been on sick leave, which is set to end on 15 December, for three months now. However, she says, she has been working and excelling at it – thus her confusion about the DA’s decision.

Van Damme says she had disclosed her illness even though she didn’t need to and now it’s being used against her. The tweets come as Steenhuisen is finalising talks about reshuffling the party’s Shadow Cabinet, where Van Damme served as Shadow Minister for Communications.

The DA is yet to respond to Van Damme’s claims.

South Africans have taken to the news like a duck in the water, expressing mixed views.

Van Damme’s alleged unsolicited sabbatical under the spotlight: