TO: National Leaders of:
African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)
African National Congress (ANC)
African Peoples Convention (APC)
Agang SA
Azanian Peoples Organisation (AZAPO)
Congress of the People (COPE)
Democratic Alliance (DA)
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)
Freedom Front Plus (FF+)
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)
Minority Front (MF)
Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)
United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)
United Democratic Movement (UDM)

CC: Treasurer Generals/Chief of Finance (all parties)

31 March 2014
Dear Mr./Ms.

Does your party support political party funding transparency?

This letter is sent to you by a collective of mass based organisations, civil society
organisations and individuals committed to democracy in South Africa.

We believe that all South Africans should actively ensure that the
constitutional principles of accountability, transparency and openness become shared
values. This is applicable not only to public officials but also to the private sector, civil
society and political parties alike.

The secret space between political parties and their private funders is one of the areas
most vulnerable to the corruptive influence of money. Ordinary South Africans have no
access to information regarding the private individuals, corporations and foreign
governments that fund and influence our political parties. What we do know is that such
funding shapes our politics and the decisions you make on behalf of the people who will
give you a popular mandate on 7 May 2014. It is essential to the effective exercise of
those citizens’ right to vote that they be fully informed of how and by whom political
parties are funded.

The failure to make such information public is a major source of inequality in South
Africa: it entrenches unequal access to power, shapes policies, leads to corruption and
empowers the well connected at the expense of the majority. Secrecy 2
breeds corruption and the secrecy surrounding sources of private funding of political
parties is no exception.
We need to know that our ordinary ballots will not be outweighed by the bank balances
of others whose interests might come into conflict with our own. We need to know that
your campaign promises cannot be undercut by the hidden hands of financially
influential individuals, corporations or foreign governments. We need to know – and we
have a right to know – that our votes count.

As you campaign in the elections we call on you to show South African voters that you
are genuinely committed to the Constitutional principles of accountability and
transparency by providing us with a detailed breakdown of all private donations that
your party received over the past twelve months (1 March 2013 – 28 February 2014).
Private donors include individuals, trusts, corporations and foreign governments. Please
provide detailed information including the name of the donor and the amount received.

We request that you provide us your detailed written response by no later than 10 April
2014. We will then collate such information and disseminate it to the voting public in an
accessible form.

Yours faithfully, the undersigned.

• Abalimi Bezekhaya
• Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC)
• Awethu! Platform
• Black Sash
• Budget Expenditure Monitoring Forum
• Centre for Civil Society
• Centre for Human Rights
• Claremont Main Road Mosque Congregation
• Community Based Development Programme (CBDP)
• Cooperative and Policy Alternative Center (COPAC)
• Co-operative for Research and Education
• Corruption Watch
• Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC)
• Diakonia Council of Churches
• Equal Education
• Earthlife Africa (Cape Town)
• Farm and Garden National Trust
• Harvest of Hope
• Engender
• Governance Crime and Justice Division at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
• Gun Free South Africa
• Justice and Women (JAW)
• Limpopo women ecumenical forum 3
• Limpopo legal advice
• Media Monitoring Africa
• Midrand Solidarity Economy Education Co operations and Communication
• Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa
• My Vote Counts (MVC)
• Ndifuna Ukwazi
• New Women’s Movement (NWM)
• Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC)
• Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA)
• Parliamentary Monitoting Group
• Persona Doll Training
• Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM)
• R2Know Campaign
• Rape Crisis (Cape Town Trust)
• Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) – Johannesburg Monthly Meeting
• Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT)
• Sisonke Justice Network
• South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA),
• Southern Africa Green Revolutionary Council (SAGRC)
• Studies in Povery and Inequality (SPII)
• Students for Law and Social Justice
• The Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa
• The Social Justice Coalition
• The Teddy Bear clinic for Abused Children
• The Union of Muslim Students’ Association (MSA Union)
• Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme
• Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)
• Umtapo Centre
• Triangle Project
• Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM)
• Union of Muslim Students’ Associations
• Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA )
• New Womens Movement
• Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum
• Workers’ World Media Productions (WWMP)

Kindly send your response (and any queries) via e-mail to the following address:
Alternative contact details: 083 299 7717 | PostNet Suite #305 Private Bag X3,
Roogebaai, 8012