Intra-party democracy is a new area of research and campaign work in South Africa. Political parties are the lifeblood of our democracy and need to be owned by and accountable to the public. Proponents of intra-party democracy argue that the level of commitment to uphold democratic governance by a party can be assessed by looking into its internal level of democracy. Deepening intra-party democracy will, therefore, deepen our democracy.
MVC is in the initial phases of gathering and analysing information on intra-party democracy in South Africa, as well as looking at international comparative examples.
Until now, MVC’s work has been shift public perception primarily through showing how parties work. We will shift this towards mobilising people behind a larger and deeper campaign where people have greater power over how parties run.