Quicker than you could blink, it’s an election year again. As the campaign cycle intensifies, all sorts of politics will be flung around. Politicians will say all the right things and make the right promises. This gives them the chance to control the conversation and direct our attention towards topics that they are prepared to campaign on. But amongst all this political rhetoric there are many real and important problems facing South Africa that will not be dealt with. And we must ensure that some of these hard questions receive answers around voting time.
Much has been discussed about party funding. Promises were made, some under oath, protests held, letters written and yet Parliament has failed to honour its constitutional duty to enact comprehensive laws and regulations on party funding. Private donations to political parties are a black hole. And we as citizens have failed to hold Parliament to account.
Currently, parties that are represented in the national and provincial legislatures receive a sum of money that is proportional to their representation in Parliament. This public funding is regulated by the Public Funding of Represented Political Parties Act 103 of 1997 and the amounts allocated to each party are publicly available. In the 2012–2013 financial year the African National Congress (ANC) received R69 million of the R104,8 million earmarked for all 14 political parties that hold seats in parliament. The notice for the 2013–2014 financial year as published in the Government Gazette on 5 April 2013 increased the allocation for all political parties to R114,8 million. Continue reading …
This year we focus on campaigning for comprehensive reform of the funding of political parties to make them 100% open and transparent, responsive, proportionally and neutrally funded to exclude any influence from special interests.
ACHIEVEMENTS OF 2013
Our short term goals for 2013 were to: (i) secure a meeting with Parliament to discuss party funding reform urgently; (ii) develop a campaign strategy through an inclusive and deliberative process; and (iii) create awareness about the campaign.
In 2013, we achieved the following:
2014 PLAN OF ACTION
We believe that Parliament has failed to honour its constitutional obligation to pass legislation regulating private donations to political parties. We believe such legislation is a constitutional imperative, as required by the right of access to information in section 32, the right to just administrative action in section 33, as well as the principles of public administration in section 195 of the Constitution, read against the backdrop of the rule of law and other constitutional values. Further, this must be read in conjunction with the section 19 political right. Continue reading …
My Vote Counts seeks to appoint a dedicated and organised individual to be an assistant coordinator of the campaign, based in Cape Town.
The position is part time requiring minimum of 20 hours a week.
Salary: R8 000 per month
Deadline: 24th January 2014
My Vote Counts 2014
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