On Wednesday the Western Cape High Court ruled that Parliament must amend the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) so that political parties will be compelled to disclose the source of their private funding.
In October 2015 the Constitutional Court dismissed My Vote Counts application before, stating that the applicants argument should have taken the form of a frontal challenge” in the High Court over the constitutionality of the current PAIA legislation.
Janine Ogle, Coordinator at My vote Counts says there hasn't been any political will from the governing African National Congress and opposition benches which prolonged this outcome.
My Vote Counts has been working on this since 2011 starting with written letters to Parliament.— Janine Ogle, Coordinator at My vote Counts
We launched this particular application in July last year.— Janine Ogle, Coordinator at My vote Counts
Ogle explains that the current process in Parliament has called for comments on the draft bill. She goes on to say that the draft bill as it stands only covers national and provincial levels of governments in terms representation for political parties excluding local government.
Our court judgment says the information we require to make specific informed decisions is information about political parties and independent candidates which speaks to local government.— Janine Ogle, Coordinator at My vote Counts
We were forced to challenge PAIA directly because of the ConCourt judgement we lost in 2015.— Janine Ogle, Coordinator at My vote Counts
What we want is the regulation of political party funding in terms of where they can and cannot receive funding from says Ogle. She adds more importantly, they sought disclosure.
Listen to the full interview in the audio clip below:
This article first appeared on 702 : A win for 'My vote Counts' as court says political parties must disclose funding