Parliament - The political party funding bill has been welcomed by some, but interested groups have raised concerns about the bill’s powers in ensuring greater transparency on political party funding.
The bill was passed by the National Assembly on Wednesday and has been welcomed by the ANC as a great democratic achievement.
The bill is meant to ensure transparency in funding received by political parties. Pressure has been mounting for Parliament to come up with legislation to force parties to be more transparent with where they get the money to run their parties.
NGO My Vote Counts won a high court case last year, which ruled that it was unconstitutional for political parties not to reveal their funders as it hampered on voting rights of citizens.
The organisation said that although it was pleased with the passing of the bill, they did have some reservations on some aspects of the bill.