Cape Town - Key to Patricia de Lille’s Good movement is open transparency on the issue of party funding, but she herself is reluctant to open her party’s books and say who funds her, claiming it will serve no purpose to do so now.
The former Cape Town mayor paraded hundreds of her new party’s members as she announced its structures for the national leadership in Cape Town on Sunday.
The interim national leadership committee (NLC) will act as the party’s decision-making body until after the elections this year, when they will convene a congress and elect the leadership.
De Lille said the NLC's most important task was to lead the movement to success in the elections.
“The NLC consists of 36 members with the power to co-opt additional members if and when required. These 36 members represent our country’s greatest asset - our rich and beautiful diversity - and I am proud to lead this movement with these talented and committed South Africans,” she said.
But on political party funding, De Lille was reluctant to say who had been giving her party money.
“We support the political party funding bill and we will make known who has given us money, but we will do this when we are ready to do it. It does not help to do it now. What purpose will it serve if we release our information and no one else does it? All parties should come together and do it as one,” De Lille said.
She, however, said that most of her funding until now had been through crowdfunding.
“There are the people that give R10 and R20. And crowdfunding has been one of our biggest sources. Even the crowdfunding we will make known,” she said.
De Lille will serve as the leader; the national chairperson is Nthabiseng Lephoko and her deputy is Bongani Madikane.
Former mayoral committee member for urban development and transport Brett Herron will be the secretary-general and Lehlohonono Mtshali will deputise him.