The National Assembly has agreed to the formation of a multi-party ad hoc committee to look into the matter of political party funding.
All parties backed a resolution by ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu on Tuesday. The inquiry will investigate whether public funding of political parties is adequate, but will also consider the need to regulate private funding, including its disclosure.
Judith February, senior research associate, Institute for Security Studies, says it would be interesting to know what prompted African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu and his colleagues to call for an inquiry into party funding considering several non-government organisations had been pushing for this matter to be looked into.
Here we are 12 years later, out of the blue, this arrives.— Judith February, senior research associate, Institute for Security Studies
Perhaps not out of the blue because we have an election coming up in 2019. The coffers are probably empty and they need some money raising and public money increased perhaps.— Judith February, senior research associate, Institute for Security Studies
February says back in 1999, one of the major drivers for the arms deal corruption was payment made to the ANC which is probably why the party was opposed to revealing its funders back then.
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