Secret political party funding ‘a concern’

2011-05-04 12:25

South Africa has poor transparency standards for private donations made to political parties and candidates, according to a Global Integrity report released today.

The report states that there were no financial disclosure requirements in place for candidates and political parties.

The Global Integrity Report 2010 is the product of “months of on-the-ground reporting and data gathering by a team of more than 150 in-country journalists and researchers”.

The report, focusing on 36 countries, paints a rather flat performance by South Africa – demonstrating no discernible upward or downward trends – since the last assessment of the country in 2008.

Some of the issues the report highlighted included vulnerabilities in the public service’s human resource management practices that deals with hiring and the payment of bonuses to officials.

According to the report, law enforcement was also facing challenges that undermined its professionalism.

Some of the problems include discrimination and favouritism during employment selection and promotion processes as well as threats of political interference within the law enforcement agencies.

“The country has however seen a marked improvement is the judiciary especially the passage of new legal requirements for judges to disclose their financial interests and provisional regulatory guidelines for the acceptance of any gifts,” the report states.

The report, however, said that anti-corruption civil society organisations in the country continued to play a dynamic role in their watchdog capacities.

The report evaluates both anti-corruption legal frameworks and the practical implementation and enforcement of those frameworks.

According to the report South Africa was also among countries with no internet censorship.

Others are Argentina, Albania, Bolivia, Canada, Czech republic, Italy, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Somalia and Tanzania.

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