The Democratic Alliance has demanded an investigation into what it dubs is a 'mutually beneficial relationship' between BOSASA and the ANC. The main opposition party feels this contravene's the electoral code of conduct. The question now is - will they be able to prove it?
The Democratic Alliance is determined to prove that the ANC has broken the electoral code of conduct by having a 'mutually beneficial relationship' with BOSASA.
However one expert, Grant Masterson, isn't so sure if they would be able to prove there was anything illegal about it.
The Senior Programme Manager of Governance and Political Parties at the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa says:
" I think that the issue, with the legality of the complaint, is that getting private funding or private donations for a political party has not been illegal in South Africa. Even today, it's not illegal, but we now have a law that demands we declare what private and public donations parties have received."
According to Masterson, this means that if the ANC did receive money and support from BOSASA, it would actually have been illegal.
Masterson had explained that the DA appears to be attempting to prove BOSASA had assisted the ANC to sway the outcome of the election. However, he remains dubious as to their chances of succeeding.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that President Cyril Ramaphosa had passed a law to compel political parties to disclose who funds them.
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