‘We need to know where po­lit­i­cal par­ties are get­ting money from’

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG - For­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela has urged Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to sign the Po­lit­i­cal Party Fund­ing Bill into law as a “ma­jor pri­or­ity” so vot­ers can know where par­ties get their money be­fore the cru­cial 2019 gen­eral elec­tion.

“Es­pe­cially in the run-up to the elec­tions‚ we need to know who is giv­ing money to who‚” Madon­sela told Busi­ness Day on Wed­nes­day.

“For me it’s all about cap­ture. It’s about who is giv­ing money to who and… if [the] gov­ern­ment is sud­denly pan­der­ing to the in­ter­ests of those that have paid large sums of money‚ then as cit­i­zens we need to start know­ing about it.”

Madon­sela says the Bill‚ sit­ting on Ramaphosa's desk since it was passed by Par­lia­ment in March‚ is “ex­tremely im­por­tant” in en­sur­ing the rights of vot­ers and en­abling greater ac­count­abil­ity and in­tegrity among po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

WE WANT THE TRUTH: Thuli Madon­sela.

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