My Vote Counts (MVC) was established in 2012 to advocate for the regulation of the private funding of political parties. It emerged out of several civil society campaigns, since the early 2000s, to address corruption and the hollowing out of South Africa’s democracy.
This work has seen the organisation taking the matter of the lack of political party transparency to the courts since the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) could not be used to access this crucial information. In 2017, the Western Cape High Court ruled in MVC’s favour deeming PAIA unconstitutional as it does not allow for the disclosure of private political party funding. Parliament was given 18 months to rectify this. The matter was then heard in the Constitutional Court in 2018 where the Court upheld the Western Cape High Court’s order. The Promotion of Access to Information Amendment Act was enacted in April 2021.
This advocacy has also lead to the enactment of the Political Party Funding Act in April 2021.
Since its establishment, MVC has grown as an established and independent non-profit organisation— with a broader focus on deepening democracy.