Wed. Jul 17th, 2019

Patricia de Lille takes DA to court: “I was not fired, I resigned”

Patricia de Lille South AfricaWhen will this beef come to a close?

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Good party leader, Patricia de Lille has lambasted her former party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), for failing to comply with the ruling of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC).

As reported by SABC News, the IEC had ordered the DA to submit a formal apology to De Lille for incorrectly stating that the former Cape Town mayor was fired from her position.

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Much of the opposition party’s 2018 was marred by the infighting that split the DA into factions that were either pro-De Lille or against the former mayor.

ReadWhy the DA has been forced to apologise to Patricia de Lille by the IEC

During its election campaign, the DA had told voters that De Lille was fired. This contradicts the actual events that took place in the latter parts of 2018, where De Lille, in fact, tendered her resignation in a deal with the leadership of the party.

The move was seen as a way to save whatever was left of the divided constituency and avoid the potential damages the public hearings would have inflicted on the party.

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It seems, though, that the bad blood between De Lille and the DA has only thickened. The Good party leader confirmed that she was in possession of evidence that proved that the DA has been lying to voters.

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“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,” she said.

The opposition party has purposefully disregarded the IEC’s ruling, stating that it has acted beyond its mandate.

It has described De Lille’s court application as a desperate reach for attention in her “failing election campaign”.

The courts are expected to rule on the DA’s appeal to disregard the IEC’s ruling on Friday.

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