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The implications of Political Party Funding Act, No. 6 of 2018 in South Africa on records management

Nkholedzeni Sidney Netshakhuma (Department of Information Science, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk, South Africa)

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

ISSN: 2514-9342

Article publication date: 14 August 2020

Issue publication date: 28 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to assess the Section 12 of the Political Party Funding Act No. 6 of 2018 of South Africa with a view of recommending good records management practice.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is based on a literature review and an analysis of political funding access to information and records management literatures.

Findings

The study found that a lack of good records management practice is hindering transparency in government practice in South Africa. Furthermore, the enactment of the Political Party Funding Act No. 6 of 2018 has created the potential for South Africa political parties to start applying good records management practices.

Research limitations/implications

This research is limited to Section 12 of the political parties funding Act No 6 of 2018 to promote accountability transparency.

Practical implications

The effective implementation of the Political Party Funding Act, 2018 will contribute to the preservation of records with financial, historical and cultural values.

Social implications

The implementation of the Political Party Funding Act No. 6 of 2018 Section 12 is expected to lead an open, transparent and accountable South African society through the establishment of a a records management programme.

Originality/value

This paper raises important considerations around ensuring compliance and accountability in government recordkeeping within the context of recent legislation. While discussion around the importance and use of records management is not new, the legislation brings an opportunity for fresh discussion within a national political context.

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Citation

Netshakhuma, N.S. (2021), "The implications of Political Party Funding Act, No. 6 of 2018 in South Africa on records management", Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Vol. 70 No. 4/5, pp. 293-303. https://doi.org/10.1108/GKMC-02-2020-0014

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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