The South Africa Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) has warned that while the attention is on the African National Congress’ (ANC) efforts to thwart media freedom, few people have realised that the party is similarly gunning for the NGO sector in the country.
SAIRR deputy CEO, Frans Cronje, points out that, “When the ANC has finished dealing with the media, it is quite likely that the civil society sector will be next on their agenda.”
Cronje says that what has not been picked up by the media is that another of the policy documents, ‘Leadership Renewal, Discipline and Organisational Culture', which suggests a clampdown on the funding and activities of civil society organisations (CSOs).
The document suggests that the ANC’s national executive committee should propose an appropriate regulatory environment to control funding to CSOs.
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