Parliament - Parliament's ad hoc committee on political party funding received legal opinion on Tuesday that the recent court order to amend legislation to allow disclosure of private donations did not affect its work, as it was a parallel process.
Parliament's legal support services told MPs that "there is no requirement that committee must stop, the processes are complementary".
The legislature must amend the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to extend its ambit beyond public data to comply with a ruling by the Western Cape High Court in September on an application brought by the lobby group My Vote Counts.
The court held that PAIA was inconsistent with the Constitution in that it did not make provision for the recording and disclosure of information on private funding. It gave Parliament 18 months to correct this, during which the invalidity ruling will remain suspended.
My Vote Counts had argued that the information needed to be public in order to allow voters to make an informed choice.