Judge hands DA, De Lille spat to Electoral Court
The Western Cape High Court has ruled that the Electoral Court was the more ‘appropriate forum’ to settle a legal dispute between GOOD party leader Patricia de Lille and the DA. The Star reports Justice Robert Martin adjourned an application to have the DA interdicted from instructing tele-canvassers to tell potential voters that De Lille was fired as Cape Town mayor.
He ruled that the most appropriate forum to hear both legs of the dispute was not the High Court, as it might create a situation ‘where there are two opposing rulings on this matter’. He adjourned the case without establishing a date and without an order as to costs.
The High Court decision follows a ruling by the Electoral Commission (IEC) on 15 April that the DA had breached the Electoral Act by instructing call centre operators to tell the voters De Lille had been fired, says a TimesLIVE report.
According to De Lille, the IEC ordered the DA to ‘desist from using the script and to apologise to me within three days’.
She said she approached the High Court because the DA ignored her request for an undertaking that it would stop using the script until a court had confirmed the finding. While the High Court found that De Lille's application was not urgent and postponed it indefinitely, De Lille claimed the decision was actually a victory.
She tweeted: ‘We're happy that the court had read the papers & today understood the context of the case. The judge was clear that the IEC is a constitutional structure & that the IEC made a finding that the DA's statements are false. That finding stands.’
The DA said the court's decision vindicated its stance on the saga.
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