The DA on Tuesday said the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) had “overreached" itself by ordering the party to apologise to former Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille for spreading false information about her. The party was found to have violated the IEC’s electoral code of conduct after it spread false information about De Lille, who it said was fired from her job as mayor. De Lille resigned. De Lille and the DA were embroiled in a protracted battle in which the party attempted to have her removed from office. The tiff culminated in De Lille agreeing to resign from the party. The decision was announced at a joint press conference with DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

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