The United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Parliament have hailed a Western Cape High Court ruling which ordered Parliament to change legislation to compel political parties to disclose who their private funders are.
My Vote Counts had brought the court challenge, with the respondents including the president, minister of Justice and Correctional Services, minister of Home Affairs, the SA Human Rights Commission and all the political parties represented in Parliament.
Parliament last night welcomed the ruling, saying that it would study the judgment to see how it would affect the Political Funding Bill which is before the ad hoc committee on Funding of Political Parties, which has been given until November 30 to submit a report to the National Assembly.
My Vote Counts national co-ordinator Janine Ogle said the issue of party political funding had been left unresolved because “Parliament hasn’t had the will to take action. It’s been up to civil society and we’ve had to litigate”.
My Vote Counts stated that a declaration of private party political funding was “reasonably required for the effective exercise of the right to vote” in terms of the South Africa’s Bill of Rights.