Following a successful implementation
of the Political Party Funding Act No. 6 of 2018 on 1 April 2021, the
Commission has thus far issued two quarterly Party Funding Disclosure Reports. The
first report was issued on 9 September 2021 and the second one was issued 18
November 2021. Both these reports were met with a high level of interest from political
parties themselves, the media, political commentators, academics and members of
the public in general.
Today, the Commission is once again
delivering another instalment of the Political Party Funding Disclosure Report,
the third and penultimate one for the financial year 2021/22. This report
covers all qualifying donations declared by political parties for the period of
three months between October and December 2021.
Who has made the declaration?
In the third quarter of the 2021/22
financial year, a total of eleven (11) political parties made declarations
totalling R 46 036 589.97 (forty-six million thirty-six thousand five
hundred and eighty-nine rands ninety-seven cents) in terms of section 9 of the
Act. Out of the total declarations made, four (4) were made by unrepresented
and seven (7) by represented parties.
The unrepresented parties are:
- Abantu Integrity Movement (AIM) – R 100 000.00
- ActionSA – R 5 072 348.50
- Patriotic Alliance (PA) – R 430 000.00
- Shosholoza Progressive Party – R 150 000.00
The represented parties are:
- African National Congress (ANC) – R 22 803 969.00
- African Transformation Movement (ATM)
– R 200 000.00
- Democratic Alliance (DA) – R 12 519 623.47
- Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) – R 3 148 176.00
- Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) – R 484 438.00
- GOOD – R 340 447.00
- Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) – R 787 588.00
The eleven disclosures represent a
notable increase in the number of political parties making declarations in
comparison to the first and second quarters. In the two preceding quarters,
only 3 and 6 parties respectively made declarations. It is noteworthy that
three parties, namely; ActionSA, African National Congress (ANC) and Democratic
Alliance (DA) have consistently made declarations over the three quarters.
How much was declared?
The cumulative amount declared in the
third quarter is R 46 036 589.97 (forty-six million thirty-six
thousand five hundred and eighty-nine rands ninety-seven cents). This amount is
greater than the R 30 008 841.74 declared in the first quarter, but short
of the R 56 880 644.47 declared in the second quarter.
A total value of in-kind donations
declared is R 5 679 086.97 (five million six hundred and seventy-nine
thousand and eighty-six rands ninety-seven cents). The total value of monetary
donations, on the other hand, is R40 357 503.00 (forty million three hundred
and fifty-seven thousand five hundred and three rands).
ActionSA is the party with the
largest amount of in-kind donations declared, amounting to R 4 922 348.50 (four
million nine hundred and twenty-two thousand three hundred and forty-eight rands
fifty cents). Of this amount, a total of R4 212 340.50 (four million
two hundred and twelve thousand three hundred and forty rands fifty cents) was
made by a single donor in the form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
comprising face masks, hand sanitizers, face shields, etc. In this regard, face
masks accounted for the largest proportion of the value of in-kind donations, totalling
R 3 000 000.
The largest amount of a single
monetary donation declared is the R 15 000 000 (fifteen million rand)
donated by Batho Batho Trust and declared by the ANC. Furthermore, the ANC is
the party with the largest value of donations declared amounting to R 22 803 969.00,
followed by the DA at R 12 519 623.47, ActionSA at R 5 072 348.50
and EFF at R 3 148 176.00. The rest of the parties declared total
donations that fell below R1 million.
Two political parties, ActionSA and
Democratic Alliance (DA), made declarations of donations from foreign sources. The
combined value of these foreign donations is R 1 370 191.47. The DA
received the largest amount of foreign donations totalling R 840 191.47 followed
by ActionSA at R 530 000.00. The foreign donation received by ActionSA was
received from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German political party
foundation and was used for production of training material for candidates and
elected councillors, localised policy manifestos and handbooks. This usage of
foreign donations is compliant with the provisions of the Act.
In respect of the DA, three separate foreign
donations were received from a single donor, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation
(FNF), also a German foundation which has made donations to the DA in the
previous two quarters. To date, cumulative donations of R 1 284 526.94 have
been made by the FNF to the DA, of which R 329 400.00 was monetary and the
balance was in-kind. The cumulative amount falls within the stipulated maximum
of R 5 million by any foreign donor to a single party and has been used
for training and skills development. Based on the information declared, the
foreign donations are compliant with the Act and the regulations.
Multi-Party Democracy Fund (MPDF)
In addition to the R 2 000 that
was received from Mr Paul Malcolm Graham during first quarter, the Multi-Party Democracy Fund (MPDF) received a contribution of contributions
of R 5 005 000.00 (five million and five thousand rands) during the third
quarter. This makes the total value of contributions to the MPDF to be R 5 007 000.00
(five million and seven thousand rands) to date.
The largest contribution, totalling R
5 million, was made by one of the largest telecommunications company in the
country, VODACOM. The Commission is exceptionally grateful to all those that
responded to the call for supporting multi-party democracy and made
contributions to the Fund. We call on other corporates to make contributions to
the Multi-Party Democracy Fund in order to strengthen multi-party democracy in
The number of declarations has shown
a noticeable increase in the third quarter. The Commission believes that this
is partly a reflection of an improved understanding and wider acceptance of the
Act and the need for greater transparency with regard to political party
funding. While the Commission would like to see this trend continuing, it is
important to recognise that this period coincided with an election period,
i.e., the 2021 Local Government Elections. There seems to be a positive
correlation between the number and size of donations on one hand, and the
election period on the other.
There is also a pattern of donors
making donations to different parties in more or less the same way that the
Multi-Party Democracy Fund is intended to operate. Donors such as Harmony Gold
Mining Company, African Rainbow Minerals, South African Breweries (SAB) and
3Sixty Health are among the corporates that made donations to multiple parties.
Should the Commission receive credible
information that identifies donations received by any political party that has
not been declared, an investigation in terms of the Act will ensue.
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