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ConCourt hears why donations to internal party campaigns must be ...

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ConCourt hears why donations to internal party campaigns must be disclosed

The second round of the case tackles whether the Executive Ethics Code is constitutional

FRANNY RABKIN

The Constitutional Court had already recognised the risks posed by the role of money in politics, and had said in an earlier judgment that the way to mitigate those risks was the mandatory disclosure of donations, the apex court heard on Tuesday.

So when some donations to internal political party campaigns were excluded from the requirement of disclosure by the Executive Ethics Code, it rendered the code unconstitutional, argued counsel for investigative journalism organisation amaBhungane.

The apex court was hearing the second round of litigation in the battle arising from the public protector’s report on donations to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign, which saw him elected ANC president at the party’s Nasrec elective conference in 2017...

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