Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.  File picture: Boxer Ngwenya/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. File picture: Boxer Ngwenya/African News Agency (ANA) Archives

EDITOR'S VIEW: Funding bill welcomed

By Mercury Editor Time of article published Jun 25, 2018

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Durban - The latest landmark ruling by the Constitutional Court that political party funding details be publicly accessible is a victory for democracy and transparency in our political system.

This ruling serves as further confirmation that Parliament is on the right track through its process of legalising the Political Party Funding Bill.

While both the EFF and the DA have already indicated their intention to challenge the bill in its current form, there is no doubt that it is a step in the right direction.

We would like to encourage opposition parties to strengthen any loopholes they have identified in the bill to ensure that it is watertight.

For a very long time, political parties were funded by faceless individuals and corporates with money delivered in brown envelopes and black plastic bags.

This situation was far from ideal and served to perpetuate corruption in our body politic.

Many tenderpreneurs who received multimillion rand contracts from government were more than ready to fund the governing party because the whole process was not open to scrutiny.

Voters also have the right to have access to such information to assist them to make informed decisions when it comes to casting their votes during elections.

The government and Parliament should be congratulated for starting a process that would culminate in the bill becoming law.

It is clear that both institutions realised the time to stall was over, and that with or without their involvement, the changes would take place.

Civil society such as My Vote Counts and Right2Know have been at the forefront of this campaign. They are an important ingredient in our democracy and their role should never be underestimated.

Hopefully, when millions of South Africans cast their votes in the 2019 national elections they will have at their disposal all the information they need, including the funders of their political parties.

Our democracy can only be enriched from this historic ruling.

The Mercury

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