transparency

Calls for transparent, Accountable Political System

The Constitutional Court will hear an application by a non-governmental organisation seeking to determine whether Parliament has failed in its constitutional obligation to get political parties to disclose the source of their private funding.

Currently, political parties are not obliged to disclose their funders and the applicant in the matter, My Vote Counts NPC, is calling for a more inclusive, transparent and accountable political system.

Forming the basis of its case is the constitutional right to access information and the right to vote.

Democracy Under Attack, Says Rupert

Billionaire businessman, Johann Rupert, says that freedom of speech, transparency and honesty in government and farmers - who put food on the table - are under attack in South Africa.

Speaking at a conference honouring former President FW de Klerk, Rupert urged the private sector and civil society to work with government in solving its economic problems.

e-Tolls a Burden to the Poor - Makhura

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, says that the e-tolling system placed a disproportionate burden on low and middle income households.

Announcing the findings and recommendations following a report by a panel which reviewed the socio-economic impact of the e-tolls last year, Makhura stated that, "In its current form, the e-toll system is unaffordable and inequitable and places disproportionate burden on low and middle income households."

HSF Fights for Full Access to JSC Deliberations

Given the core role of the judiciary, the Helen Suzman Foundation wants to know exactly how appointments to the Bench are decided.

The battle for access to closed-door deliberations over the selection of candidates for the Western Cape Bench continues on 29 October 2014 in the Cape Town high court.

The Helen Suzman Foundation returned to court to ask for the right to appeal a judgment refusing it access.

Aid Workers Chased Away from Church

Humanitarian organisation, Gift of the Givers, says its aid workers were chased away from the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria, and threatened with arrest if they come near the site where a church building collapsed, killing dozens of people including South Africans.

Gift of the Givers founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, asserts that, “They [aid workers] tried to go to the church, but they were chased away. The authorities there did not want them to take any information or come near.”

Activist Tackles Abusive Shell Companies

Charmian Gooch, a co-founder of Global Witness, a group that advocates for financial transparency, is rewriting rules from Washington to Brussels - and changing the way companies do business.

On 31 October 2013, United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron, took the stage at the Open Government Partnership conference in London and announced a that he was going to introduce legislation requiring all companies based in Britain to disclose who their ultimate owners are in a publicly accessible registry.

R2K Files Urgent Application Over Tolls

The Right2Know (R2K) says it has filed an urgent application to open up the court record on tolling in the Western Cape which South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) wants kept closed.

R2K spokesperson, Alison Tilley, told the Cape Town Press Club that the organisation wants to make documents public that had been filed from the moment the city of Cape Town took SANRAL to court over the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project.

IEC Admits Mistakes During Elections

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has acknowledged mistakes during this year’s elections, but says like any other organisation in the world, the electoral body was not perfect.
 
IEC deputy chairperson, Terry Tselane, points out that, “These elections were not perfect. No election is. In the next coming weeks we will be reflecting and looking at what went wrong.” 
 

Weaker APRM Bad for Governance

The African Peer Review Mechanism (ARPM) - set up by former President Thabo Mbeki to tackle the continent's problems - is a shambles.

According to a report by former mechanism chairman Akere Muna, the institution lacks backing by African leaders and is being ‘driven into the ground’ by its chief executive officer and its secretariat that can barely function.

The mechanism has in the past served as a reliable indicator of emerging troubles on the continent.

Call for Transparency Over Party Funding

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says that a toxic blend of secret money and political influence is creating a ceremonial undermining of South Africa’s democracy.

ISS senior researcher, Judith February, argues that there is no way of know when the corporate and private world are investing in political parties for favours because the country does not regulate private funding of political parties. 

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