Transparency in party funding: “They’re going to do what they like up there anyway”

Supporters of the My Vote Counts campaign went to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday to seek an order compelling political parties to reveal their funders, arguing that everyone should know where political parties get their funding. AAISHA DADI PATEL asked Jo’burgers whether they think it’s important to know where political parties get their funding.

Christopher RawasheChristopher Rawashe, 41, car guard, Limpopo
It doesn’t matter to me. Even if I know, it doesn’t affect me. There’s nothing that I can do. People don’t just give money like that: they have to have reasons, and maybe they just want to improve the country with their money, so why should we question it?



Tasneem IsmailTasneem Ismail*, 39, housewife, Johannesburg
It is important especially with the country being in this situation it’s in.
It also depends on what they use the money on. If they’re taking it to invest into the country and improve it though, it shouldn’t be a problem.


Lizette BezuidenhoutLizette Bezuidenhout, 51, bank manager, Randburg
Yes it’s very important! Whoever is funding them is going to make some demands, and we need to know who is behind the decisions that politicians make. Whose influence is there is important to me, because surely then they’ll have a say in their policies – which at the end of the day, are going to be affecting everyday people like you and me.

Anastasia ManyosiAnastasia Manyosi, 42, admin worker, Berea
I’m not interested. Does it change anything? Does it make me feel better? They’re going to do what they like up there anyway. It doesn’t make a difference whether we know or not.



Riekert KoenRiekert Koen, 19, student, Linden
I think it’s extremely important to know who funds political parties especially because with big businesses and corporations or big media conglomerates, because they can have legislation passed in their favour. I can’t remember who it is specifically but one of the big media companies in South Africa gets funding from the DA, and you’ll never find a bad word about them in there, but lots of criticism of the ANC. So I think there’ll be lots of fraud if we don’t stay aware.

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