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ConCourt ruling on political party funding to discourage donors with an agenda

A political analyst said donor funding for internal party political campaigns would take a hit.

FILE: The Constitutional Court. Photo: EWN

JOHANNESBURG — There is widespread backlash to Tuesday’s Constitutional Court ruling declaring the Executive’s Code of Ethics unconstitutional.

The country’s top court upheld a ruling by the High Court in Pretoria last year – where it found the code was unconstitutional because it did not require disclosure of donations received for internal party political campaigns.

A political analyst said donor funding for internal party political campaigns would take a hit.

Political analyst Sandile Swana called the decision “powerful”.

“What this change does… is that you will really be donating; every Tom, Dick and Harry will know that; and when you get a government tender we will know that you are one of the politicians’ donors. such and such and such and so on, it will be up to the circumstances to determine whether there is indeed a conflict of interest,” Swana said.

He said it risked turning off many potential donors with an agenda: “Many people who don’t want to be monitored about their business activities will be denied donations and sponsorships to specific candidates within political parties. for them to become officials in political parties and potentially office bearers in the state.”

There is still some time before the returned order can have an impact.

This is despite his 12-month suspension to give the president – ​​who the court ruled was best suited for the task – time to fix the flaws in the code.