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Internal Party Integrity Management in South Africa
Gary Pienaar & Justin Sylvester
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It is the view of this report that, as the primary vehicle of democratic representation in South Africa, political parties should in their organisation, management and conduct aim to reflect inter alia the Constitutional values of transparency and accountability.
It claims that South African political parties’ internal governance is virtually unregulated except in terms of the relatively limited registration provisions of the Electoral Act of 1998, the common law and annual auditing requirements.
The research aims to achieve the following objectives:
A more thorough, accurate and comprehensive assessment of existing internal inter- est disclosure models and practices by South African political parties;
An assessment of the progress of South African political parties’ own efforts in this regard since the discussion of PIMS’ 2007 report;
Achieve progress towards an agreed set of best practices, available for adoption by South African political parties, concerning internal self-regulation of conflicts of interest and investment practices;
A best-practice guide for use in South Africa and possibly elsewhere on the African continent.
The report is based on a round-table discussion as well as interviews with a several South African senior party officials.