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My Vote Counts’ reacts to court ruling on political parties funding

27 September 2017

The Western Cape High Court has ordered Parliament to amend the Promotion of Access to Information Act. This to allow for the disclosure of private funding of political parties and independent candidates. The application was launched by ‘My Vote Counts’.

 The Forum@8 – SAFM: Political Party funding and its role in fostering a constitutional democracy

18 July 2017

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties has invited members of the public and interested organisations to make written comments on the Public Funding of Represented Political Parties. The National Assembly believes that funding of political parties would help boost their effective functioning, which is fundamental to the promotion of constitutional democracy in South Africa. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo speaks to the Chairperson of the Committee, Mr Vincent Smith.

SABC News: MVC insists political parties must divulge their donors

28 July 2016

Papers were lodged in the Cape High court on Thursday, aimed at eventually forcing parties to divulge their donors. To this end, NGO My Vote Counts is taking on the Promotion of Access to Information Act. It says PAIA is not effective in helping them get to this information.

News24: MVC on Information Act and how political parties are funded

6 July 2016 (with Janine Ogle, MVC Coordinator)

News24: 3 reasons SA political parties aren’t revealing where their money comes from

6 July 2016 (with Janine Ogle, MVC Coordinator)

SABC 2 Morning Live: Workshop on political party funding

17 May 2016 (with Phumzile Tyulu, MVC Partnership Coordinator)

This is one of the six workshops run by My Vote Counts around the country on private political party funding. This was the first workshop in Oudtshoorn.

SABC Digital News: Shadrack Gutto analysis a bid to unmask political party funders issue

6 October 2015

A non-profit organisation‚ My Vote Counts‚ lost its bid to compel political parties to publicly disclose from who or where‚ their funding comes from. Currently‚ political parties are not obliged to disclose the sources of their private funding before‚ during or after a general election. My Vote Counts NPC had argued that information about political parties’ private funding is essential for citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote in South Africa’s multi-party democracy. It wanted Parliament to change the law‚ in addition to the wide general provisions of the Promotion of Access to Information Act‚ to ensure regular disclosure by political parties of the sources of their private funding. For analysis on this issue we are joined from our Pretoria studios by Professor Shadrack Gutto.

eNCA: LIVE – Constitutional Court ruling on political party funding

30 September 2015

Johannesburg, 30 September 2015 – The Constitutional Court will rule on the citizens’ ability to access information regarding the funding sources of political parties.

SABC Digital News: Political Party Funding Disclosure

13 February 2015 (with Gregory Solik, MVC MD)

Earlier this week, the Constitutional Court reserved judgment in a legal battle to have political party funding revealed to the public. My Vote Counts, approached the court seeking an order compelling Parliament to enact a law compelling all political parties to reveal their sources of funding. The transparency and accountability campaign, My Vote Counts, argues that parliamentarians have failed to enact a law to provide voters with access to information about political party funding.

SABC Digital News: Concourt to hear arguments in the case brought by MVC

10 February 2015

The Constitutional Court will this morning hear arguments in an application to access private funding information of political parties. The case was brought by non-profit campaign, “My-Vote-Counts”, otherwise known as the MVC. The campaign wants the court to order Parliament to enact legislation regulating access to such information. Parliament is opposing the application.

eNCA Judge For Yourself: S11E10 – Should political parties disclose their funders? (Segment 1)

18 December 2013

Dennis Davis debates with Prof. Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor of Wits University, Stefan Gilbert, a Senior researcher from the ISS and Mzoxolo Mpolase from Political Analysis SA as to whether South African political parties should disclose their funding sources.

eNCA Judge For Yourself: S11E10 – Should political parties disclose their funders? (Segment 2)

18 December 2013

Dennis Davis debates with Prof. Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor of Wits University, Stefan Gilbert, a Senior researcher from the ISS and Mzoxolo Mpolase from Political Analysis SA as to whether political parties in South Africa should disclose their funding sources.

eNCA Judge For Yourself: S11E10 – Should political parties disclose their funders? (Segment 3)

18 December 2013

Dennis Davis debates with Prof. Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor of Wits University, Stefan Gilbert, a Senior researcher from the ISS and Mzoxolo Mpolase from Political Analysis SA as to whether political parties in South Africa should disclose their funding sources.

SABC Morning Live: Political party funding in South Africa (Part 1)

4 September 2013

In South Africa, parties are allocated limited public funds through the proportional representation electoral system and are required to account for the expenditure. Interestingly, Matthew Phosa, former ANC Secretary General called for legislation that could significantly increase financial support for political parties but also, for the first time, force parties to reveal their sources of private funding.

SABC Morning Live: Political party funding in South Africa (Part 2)

4 September 2013

In South Africa, parties are allocated limited public funds through the proportional representation electoral system and are required to account for the expenditure. Interestingly, Matthew Phosa, former ANC Secretary General called for legislation that could significantly increase financial support for political parties but also, for the first time, force parties to reveal their sources of private funding.

Creamer Media PolitySA: My Vote Counts – Accountability and openness in SA democracy

27 November 2012 (with David Le Page, MVC Coordinating Committee member)

My Vote Counts is a campaign formed by citizens and members of existing civil society organisations concerned with democracy and social justice. While some of its members may also be members of political parties, this campaign is not affiliated to or aligned with any political party. Membership or affiliation is open to all South Africans of voting age who share their objectives.

Creamer Media PolitySA: Political party funding – analysis

18 October 2012

Polity’s Shannon de Ryhove speaks to political analyst Ebrahim Fakir about political party funding.