For civil society activists who have struggled for transparency in party funding, the Bill cannot come into effect soon enough. File picture: Dumisani Sibeko/Independent Media Archives
President Ramaphosa has finally signed into law a new bill aimed at regulating the funding of political parties. It was approved by Parliament in June 2018.
The Political Party Funding Bill, when it eventually becomes law on April 1, will enable South Africans to know who funds their political parties.
The new law is long overdue. It’s remarkable that the country didn’t regulate political party funding after the first democratic elections 25 years ago. The lack of action made South Africa unique among democracies for not regulating private political party funding....
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