SOUTH AFRICA’S POLITICAL PARTY FUNDING BILL TO BE DEBATED IN PARLIAMENT HIS WEEK

CAPE TOWN– Private donations to South African political parties may soon be a thing of the past is Parliament approves the Political Party Funding Bil which will be debated in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The Bill contains a provision which will result in the identities of party funders becoming public.

Donors to political parties in South Africa have for decades donated money without the risk of their names being made public but that is about to change.

Advocacy group My Vote Counts has spent the last two years tirelessly campaigning for funding transparency.

My Vote Counts spokesperson Zahira Grimwood said Monday: The fact that it’s being tabled now in Parliament and we’ve been able to see that there’s this push for it to be passed is something that we think should be commended because it shows that Parliament is taking this seriously, especially for this to be adopted before the 2019 elections.

Deputy President David Mabuza is expected to face the National Council of Province (NCOP), the upper house of Parliament, on Wednesday for oral questions on the Bill.

Meanwhile, the Parliamentary committee rooms will once again be where most of the week’s work will take place.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK