Should internal party campaign funding be disclosed?

My Vote Counts political systems researcher Zahira Grimwood says more transparency and accountability is needed from party leaders and any individual contesting elections where funding is concerned.

There have been increased calls for individuals campaigning in their political parties to disclose who their funders are following the Public Protector's findings about Bosasa's payment into the Cyril Ramaphosa CR17 campaign account.

While the organisation won its case for political parties to disclose their elections campaign funders, Grimwood explains why more transparency is needed.

If the president were to uphold principles of transparency and accountability, he would have actually answered the question on Sunday evening effectively if he was able to tell us where he received that funding from and give us a reason as to why he would need to raise such funds.

Zahira Grimwood, Political systems researcher - My Vote Counts

The issue when it comes to political parties is that there isn't strong regulations when it comes to how they conduct their internal affairs.

Zahira Grimwood, Political systems researcher - My Vote Counts

It is not only a matter of where is the money coming from but then a question of where is the money going to. We need more transparency and accountability from our party leaders.

Zahira Grimwood, Political systems researcher - My Vote Counts

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