The ANC-alliance political council made up of the African National Congress (ANC), South African Communist Party (SACP), Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) and South African National Civic Organization (Sanco) agreeably decided that all their leaders must declare their assets and incomes.

This comes after the council had a two-day meeting where it concluded that all party and organization leaders under the alliance umbrella must make a public declaration of their assets and income

“The meeting agreed that all alliance partners will institute a standing process to have their individual leaders at all levels, starting at the national level, to declare their assets and incomes,” the council said in a statement.

“The ANC-alliance and its components will also institute regular and random life-style audits.”

Among other issues discussed at the two-day meeting was  the need for political parties funding to be regulated. The council said the legislation must be at its best to do so as a way of ending corruption in the country.

This call is similar to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call  last week where he said greater transparency in the funding of political parties was needed, claiming that private funding was opening the space for undue influence.