Private funding to political parties should be regulated, Parliament told



The ad hoc committee tasked with reviewing how parties are funded met earlier on Thursday and will hold public hearings later this month.


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CAPE TOWN – While submissions to Parliament’s inquiry into political party funding endorse private donations, all of them are arguing that this should be strictly regulated.

The ad hoc committee tasked with reviewing how parties are funded met earlier on Thursday and will hold public hearings later this month.

It’s received 17 submissions from the African National Congress, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, academic institutions and advocacy groups, as well as community organisations and individuals.

Parties represented in Parliament and the provincial legislatures are estimated to have received more than a billion rand in public funds last year, but also rely heavily on private donations.

Parliamentary researcher Xolisile Mgxaji told the committee that all the submissions agreed that private funding should be allowed to continue.

“However, it should be subject to legislation and strict regulation, not like the laissez faire (situation) that is currently happening now in South Africa.”

Lack of regulation means private donations remain secret.

“According to them, it’s a means to undermine the Constitution and democracy and dilute the voices of the citizens.”

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