The Cape Town High Court has referred the telemarketing case between Good party leader Patricia de Lille and the Democratic Alliance (DA) to the Electoral Court. Judge Robert Martin believes the Electoral Court is most appropriate to deal with the matter as the dispute is of a political nature.

De Lille had applied for an urgent interdict to order the DA to publicly apologise to her for telling voters she was fired from the party when she had resigned and quit as Mayor of Cape Town last year.  She’s concerned the message could derail her new party’s election campaign.

The DA defied a previous order by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to apologise to De Lille, saying the electoral body acted beyond it’s mandate in making the ruling. The official opposition party has already lodged papers at the Electoral court seeking a review of the IEC’s decision.