- President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Political Party Funding Act a year ago
- Now, civil society organisations have written to the president, demanding an implementation deadline
- Corruption is rampant and the groups are adamant now is the time for political parties to lay down all their cards
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Civil society organisations have called upon President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a date for the promulgation of the Political Party Funding Act.
Briefly.co.za gathers that the bill has already been signed for a year, yet no deadline exists.
The organisations are adamant the bill has no value if it fails to be implemented by the president.
In a statement released, the groups revealed that a letter has been written to Ramaphosa, urging that he exercised the full might of the power law:
"This letter is therefore a demand that the President pull the plug on secrecy and lead South Africans towards an open society where democracy is ‘for the people’ and ‘by the people.’ Without protecting and ensuring the right to access information, our political system protects those who seek to buy favour and undue influence on politicians."
The signs of corrupt politicians benefiting from under-the-table payments are rife, explains the statement:
"From the VBS Bank Scandal, controversial exposures of politicians or political parties receiving gifts from criminal businessmen, the current Eskom crisis, the collapse of South African Airways corporate-political collusion and other cases of corruption and poor governance, all are spillover effects of poor, ineffective or non-existent accountability and transparency mechanisms."
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With the 2021 municipal elections just around the corner, the organisations say time is of the essence:
"As the 2018 Constitutional Court order confirmed on the matter between MVC NPC vs. the Minister of Justice & Others, that the right to vote cannot be exercised effectively without the right to access information on the private funding of political parties. Currently, South Africans are again at threat of going to the 2021 election polls without political party private funding disclosures.
"Further, the 18-month deadline for the Constitutional Court matter has passed, the IEC has appointed a CEO to manage private funding disclosures and have been given the necessary time to implement the PPFA, but the President’s failure to promulgate the PPFA is the only barrier towards South Africans being able to exercise the right to make an informed vote."
The following entities have backed this call to action aimed at Ramaphosa:
- Ahmed Kathrada Foundation
- Centre for Environmental Rights
- Corruption Watch
- Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution
- Dullah Omar Institute
- Equal Education
- Helen Suzman Foundation
- Just Share
- My Vote Counts
- Media Monitoring Africa
- Open Secrets
- Parliamentary Monitoring Group
- Public Affairs Research Institute
- Public Service Accountability Monitor
- Ndifuna Ukwazi
- Social Justice Coalition
- Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute
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