DA's James Selfe: We won't appeal party funding ruling

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says there are many donors who believe they will be prejudiced by the African National Congress (ANC) for funding opposition parties.

On Wednesday the Western Cape High Court ordered Parliament to make provision for political parties to publicly disclose private funding within the next 18 months.

The DA was the only party to oppose the application by the My Vote Counts campaign.

Despite its opposition, Federal Chair, James Selfe says the party will not appeal the judgment.

Firstly because it still has to go to the Constitutional Court, be certified, come back to Parliament...There is still a long process.

James Selfe, DA Federal Chair

The second reason is a rather more pragmatic one - and that is that Parliament itself is dealing with legislation in an ad hoc committee that does just what My Vote Counts wanted out of the court judgment - so we are fully engaged with that process.

James Selfe, DA Federal Chair

He explains why the party has opposed the move to reveal private funders.

There are many donors who believe rightly or wrongly that they are going to be prejudiced by the ruling party if they give (funds) to any opposition party. That can range from a variety of things from the loss of contracts to overzealous labor inspectors and tax inspectors and so on.

James Selfe, DA Federal Chair

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