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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 12 September 2014
My Vote Counts 2014
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