In partnership with OpenUp, Whose Vote Counts? was designed to help voters, activists and journalists answer these questions. The interactive Tool allows users to interact with infographics that illustrate the sources of private political funding and their business interests. It shows, unsurprisingly, that around 41.4% (R115 million) of all private donations comes from the top two sectors: mining and coal and energy followed by 16% (R44 million) from just one individual – online gambling mogul Martin Moshal!
We hope that the Tool can be used to better understand, amongst other things, Gwede Mantashe’s attack on community and climate activists opposing the Shell Wild Coast survey last year or the DA’s introduction of their Online Gambling Bill last year or the ANC’s commitment to coal at the expense of renewable energy.
Click here to explore the tool.