Submission on Public Funding of Represented Political Parties Act and Regulation of Private Funding of Parties

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) welcomes the parliamentary process that has commenced, and which provides an opportunity to fill a very serious gap in accountability and transparency in governance, while also protecting political parties from corruption and enabling them to play their pivotal role in South Africa’s democracy without undue and illicit interference.

Despite various international law obligations requiring South Africa to pass legislation, the funding of political parties in South Africa remains almost entirely unregulated, providing ample opportunity for unethical and dishonest donors to peddle influence in policy formulation and to meddle in domestic politics, enabling corrupt relationships to develop and undermining public confidence in both political parties and democratic politics more generally.

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