The Political Party Funding Act (6 of 2018) repeals the Public Funding of Represented Political Parties Act (103 of 1997) but retains the Represented Political Parties Fund (RPPF) originally established in 1997.
The aim of the Fund is to provide funding for political parties represented in the national and provincial legislatures. Funds for the RPPF are provided annually from the National Revenue Fund and are distributed to political parties represented in the National Assembly or in any provincial legislature.
Disbursement of funds
The new Political Party Funding Act provides a new, more equitable formula for the disbursement of funds to represented political parties:
- 1/3 equal (33.3%): A third is allocated equitably to all parties that hold seats in the National Assembly or any provincial legislature.
- 2/3 proportional (66.6%): Two thirds allocated in proportion to seats held by a political party in the National Assembly or provincial legislatures.
The Commission may not take into account any money carried forward when it determines the allocation of money to a represented political party.
Allocation to a represented political party ends when the party ceases to have representation, i.e. a seat.
The Commission must pay the allocated amounts quarterly.
The use of RPPF funds
The money disbursed from the RPPF may be used by that represented political party for any purpose compatible with its functioning as a political party in a modern democracy including:
- the development of the political will of the people;
- bringing the political party’s influence to bear on the shaping of public opinion;
- inspiring and furthering political education;
- promoting active participation by individual citizens in political life;
- exercising an influence on political trends;
- ensuring continuous and vital links between the people and organs of state; and
- complying with the provisions of this Act.
The money may not be used by that represented political party:
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