"The IEC has the power to say when someone makes a statement which we know from the Concourt's jurisprudence undermines free and fair elections, that must include the power to say, 'you were wrong and you're in breach which is binding'."
The DA turned to the court to appeal the findings of the IEC and also to challenge the commission's power to order them to apologise.
The DA argued the IEC had overstepped its power and that only a court could order the party to apologise to De Lille. However, Bundlender maintained that it was at fault.
Advocate Ismail Jamie, SC, arguing on behalf of the DA, said the IEC doesn't have any powers to make any remedial suggestions to them.
Jamie insisted that the word "fired" ought not to be taken in its literal meaning.
Reacting to the court ruling, De Lille said the DA was yet to provide tangible evidence that they dismissed her from her duties. "They (DA) claimed that they fired me but they don't have any evidence or proof that they had a disciplinary hearing against me and that is why I contested it."
Judge Boissie Mbha said he will take time to deliver judgment as the court still needed to apply its mind.