26 March 2023 | 02:31 PM

Watch: amaB challenges the Executive Ethics Code in Constitutional Court

In 2021 the High Court handed down judgment declaring the Executive Ethics Code to be unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid — internal campaign donations to be disclosed.

The victory would see future donations to members of the executive seeking election to political office within their respective parties become subject to scrutiny.

The Code governs the conduct of members of Cabinet, deputy ministers, and members of executive councils. It obliges them to disclose “benefits of a material nature received by them” while in office.

AmaBhungane raised the issue of internal campaign funding disclosure when we intervened in the president’s high court review of the public protector’s report that found that the president had acted unlawfully by failing to disclose donations made to his CR17 campaign for election to lead the ANC.

Our basis for intervening was always one of principle: we did not take a view on the dispute between the public protector and the president. Rather, our arguments concerned the disclosure of future donations.

The case was heard at the Constitutional Court on 31 May 2022.

Read more here: https://amabhungane.org/advocacy/211203-win-for-transparency/

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Aisha Abdool Karim

Aisha is a freelance science and health reporter. She is joining the amaB team to work on a project about water and sanitation. Aisha’s passion for long-form narrative and investigative journalism was sparked while doing her master’s degree at Columbia University in New York. After graduating in 2018, she returned to South Africa and began working as a general beat reporter for the Daily Maverick. Aisha joined the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism in 2020 to focus on science reporting. During her time there, she covered the COVID-19 pandemic extensively — from fact-checking harmful medical misinformation to unpacking the science behind vaccine development. Aisha’s special interests include analysing health systems and in-depth coverage of public health issues and infectious diseases. She also loves spreadsheets and digging through data.

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