The leader of the GOOD Party, Patricia de Lille says she has filed papers in the High Court in Cape Town after the Democratic Alliance (DA) refused to follow an order by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to apologise publicly to her for telling voters she was fired from the party when she had resigned.
The DA says the IEC has acted beyond its mandate in making the ruling. The party’s application to review the IEC’s decision will be heard on Friday.
De Lille says she’s asked for an urgent interdict to stop what she calls DA lies.
“I have evidence that I have resigned from the DA on the steps of the High Court; the DA must come with evidence they can show that they have fired me, which is not true. I put all the facts before the high court to expose the naked blue lies of the DA.”
The DA says it has noted De Lille’s urgent application to stop the DA from telling voters she was fired when she in fact resigned. The IEC earlier ordered the DA to apologise publicly, but the party says it’s taking the IEC instructions on review. In a statement the DA says the IEC lacks any legal power to issue such a directive.
The DA says it views De Lille’s court case as publicity seeking for her “failing election campaign.” The DA says De Lille was in effect, fired by having three motions of no confidence from her own DA caucus while she was still the mayor in the City of Cape Town.
The party says describing her departure from the DA in these terms is fair comment.
The DA made billions in profit from Cape Town’s terrible drought. The city’s residents did not deserve the immorally high water tariffs. The DA launched a motion of no confidence against De Lille when she opposed high costs in January 2018. Learn more at https://t.co/HWt1cUQ0M7 pic.twitter.com/PJOFabtjel
— Good (@ForGoodZA) April 23, 2019
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