‘Political parties should disclose their private funders’ Con-Court

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The Constitutional Court has ruled that political parties should disclose their private funders to the public.

The “My Vote Counts” approached the courts on the basis that certain provisions of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) should be declared “constitutionally invalid”.

The Political Party Funding Bill was passed by the National Assembly last month, and sent to the NCOP for concurrence. It allows for non disclosure of private funding up to the amount of R1 000.

According to the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, the Bill passes all the tests for a constitutional democracy.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha has been ordered to pay the legal costs.

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