Comment: AmaBhungane has argued in the Pretoria high court that donations to internal political party campaigns – which can lead ultimately to the candidate’s elevation to high office – are constitutionally required to be disclosed.
We will make our case for transparency once again in the high court.
Thoughts from amaBhungane’s advocacy coordinator.
South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, handed down a landmark judgment on February 4 that not only protects journalists and their sources from surveillance abuse, but also upheld a lower court’s ruling that the insidious practice of the bulk interception of ordinary citizens’ data and communication is illegal.
The Constitutional Court’s ruling in favour of amaBhungane, striking down the unfettered powers of the state to individual and bulk surveillance of data and communications, is a major victory for our rights to privacy.
The Electoral Laws Amendment Bill, intended in part to protect voters’ personal information, will restrict access to the voters’ roll and the information contained in it. The gains are negligible compared with the cost: a potential threat to democracy itself.
AmaBhungane has approached the high court on an urgent basis to access a “section 417” inquiry into the collapse of Paramount Combat Systems, an armoured vehicle manufacturer that forms part of an international – and politically connected – group.
An investigative outfit with an advocacy programme may raise eyebrows. But amaBhungane has scored major wins for transparency and free speech.
Lockdown shouldn’t have to mean ‘locked out’: amaBhungane champions keeping courts accessible to the media in the time of Covid-19.
Ruling in president versus protector matter a setback, but the game’s not over.
The minister of police is in the odd position of upholding the same spying system that targeted him.
Our challenge to the abuse of the state’s surveillance capacity is coming to a head.
We’re not taking sides in the dispute between the president and the public protector. But the gaping hole in the transparency fence must be fixed.
We have initiated public interest litigation challenging two Acts’ tax secrecy provisions.
AmaBhungane and Financial Mail join forces to take on corporate “cover-up”.
AmaBhungane advocacy coordinator Karabo Rajuili recently addressed the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on draft regulations for the Political Party Funding Act. She focused on sections of the Act that impact the free flow of information and freedom of the media.
AmaBhungane’s constitutional challenge to SA’s surveillance law RICA in court.
In written submissions, amaBhungane has urged parliament to amend the PIC Act to allow for public access to records of the PIC’s investment decisions.
The current Companies Amendment Bill revision offers an “ideal opportunity” to include a beneficial ownership disclosure.