The Campaign

Court Date Set: An Initial Victory

On 16 July 2014, MVC lodged an application at the Constitutional Court (the Court) for an order declaring that Parliament has failed to fulfil its constitutional obligation to enact national legislation to regulate private funding of political parties. This application is a key part of MVC’s campaign for greater transparency in politics in South Africa. Baleka Mbete, speaker of Parliament, responded with an answering affidavit on 9 October 2014. Following MVC’s provision of further argumentation to the Court, a hearing date has been set for 10 February 2015. MVC will continue posting updates in this regard; please contact us for further information.

Political parties not obligated to voters – Speaker Baleka Mbete

Political parties have no obligation to voters, Speaker Baleka Mbete says in an affidavit filed in the Constitutional Court. A Beeld report notes that the ANC chairperson filed the affidavit in her capacity as Speaker to oppose an application by the organisation My Vote Counts, which is seeking transparency on the financial affairs of political parties. ‘The only obligation a political party has is towards its members and not outsiders – even if those outsiders voted for it.’ Mbete argues that every-day complaints about corruption are not reason enough to force political parties to disclose their funding activities. Axolile Notywala, a director of My Vote Counts, says voters’ rights are being infringed ‘by a lack of sufficient and accurate information about where the party’s loyalty probably is’. Mbete says that if voters felt uninformed, they would stay away on voting day, but voting numbers have remained high since 1994. The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution’s Lawson Naidoo said Mbete’s views were in conflict with the ANC’s resolutions taken at the Polokwane and Mangaung conferences as well as SA’s commitments to the United Nations and AU.

Read full report here

Read full affidavit here

My Vote Counts is hiring!

SUMMER INTERNSHIP: November 2014 – January 2015.

My Vote Counts seeks to appoint a dedicated and organised individual to assist the campaign this summer. The position is based in Cape Town.

The position is part time requiring a flexible 20 hours a week for 3 months.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist coordinator with the running of the campaign
  • Assist the coordinator with MVC’s litigation
  • Correspond with campaign partners and members
  • Plan events and meetings
  • Communicate with press when needed
  • Manage My Vote Counts social media (twitter and facebook)
  • Update CPIC of the organisation as an NPC
  • Provide research support

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in politics, public policy, law or a related field
  • Competency in English speaking, writing and reading
  • Knowledge of an African language other than Afrikaans is an advantage
  • Must have a good understanding of politics in South Africa
  • Must be passionate about electoral reform and party funding regulation, or have a keen interest in learning about it.

Stipend: R5 000 for the summer

This is a summer term internship – November 2014 – January 2015.

To apply, email a CV and motivation letter to ntsiki.mvc@gmail.com

Deadline: 12 September 2014