The ANC-alliance political council made up of the African National Congress (ANC), South African Communist Party (SACP), Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) and South African National Civic Organization (Sanco) agreeably decided that all their leaders must declare their assets and incomes.
This comes after the council had a two-day meeting where it concluded that all party and organization leaders under the alliance umbrella must make a public declaration of their assets and income
This, it is said would help reassert the ANC-alliance integrity, enhance transparency and will go hand-in-hand with implementing its July 2015 alliance summit declaration on tackling what it calls “corporate-capture” within the movement and the state.
“The meeting agreed that all alliance partners will institute a standing process to have their individual leaders at all levels, starting at the national level, to declare their assets and incomes,” the council said in a statement.
“The ANC-alliance and its components will also institute regular and random life-style audits.”
Among other issues discussed at the two-day meeting was the need for political parties funding to be regulated. The council said the legislation must be at its best to do so as a way of ending corruption in the country.
This call is similar to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call last week where he said greater transparency in the funding of political parties was needed, claiming that private funding was opening the space for undue influence.
Ramaphosa who was speaking at the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa’s 20th-anniversary symposium, said for democracy to flourish the existence of political parties should not depend on private funding.
“There is therefore a need for greater transparency in the funding of political parties alongside the establishment of public funding mechanisms through which parties can be sustained.”
Meanwhile, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has threatened to counter-sue its old federation, Cosatu, into liquidation.
This follows Cosatu’s demand that both Numsa and another former affiliate, the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu), pay it millions in allegedly unpaid affiliation fees from when they still belonged to the organisation.
Cosatu’s lawyers sent letters of demand for R3.2 million and R5.2 million to Numsa and Fawu, respectively, on September 26.
In a responding letter, Numsa not only denied owing Cosatu a cent, but threatened to lodge a counterclaim big enough to “require the liquidation of the federation”.