Why it's crucial to know who funds our political parties

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(Alexander Joe, AFP)
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The very first section of South Africa’s Constitution sets out the founding values of our democratic state and its aspirations to a society which is non-racial, non-sexist and which advances human dignity and human rights and freedoms.

Core to these founding values is the right to vote, the right to regular elections and “a multi-party system of democratic government, to ensure accountability, responsiveness and openness.”

Every citizen is entitled to exercise his or her right to vote within this multi-party system of democratic government which should be accountable, responsive and open. However, a key question relating to political party functioning and governance has remained unanswered for many years – who funds political parties?

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