Would you pay a 'democracy tax'? (and what does it mean?)

In the face of state capture claims and threats to our democracy, many South Africans ask 'What can we do?'

Well here is a bright idea...that will make you feel better, and will make a difference!

Tom Eaton, columnist and author chats to 702's Bongani Bingwa about his idea of paying a 'democracy tax'. It would not be administered through Sars, but rather given over to organisations fighting for transparency and justice directly.

While it has been suggested to corporates in the past, this could be the first time individual citizens are being called upon to put their money where their mouths are.

It can't be administered via Sars, because Sars has lost a lot of the nation's confidence...and this democracy tax is to counteract the kind of state capture that our mistrust of Sars represents.

Tom Eaton, columnist and author

It has to be an organic push by society in general.

Tom Eaton, columnist and author

Eaton says what he is calling a tax is a conscious effort to contribute to those organisations that uphold democracy.

He says the beneficiaries should be the two powerful activist forces. One is the NGO world and the other is journalism.

And specifically investigative journalism.

Tom Eaton, columnist and author

Listen to Tom Eaton's bright idea of making a monetary contribution to NGOs and investigative journalism:


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