Cape Town – The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has revealed that only five political parties have declared funding received for the third quarter of the 2022/23 financial year.
The five parties declared donations amounting to R40 million in donations, with the ANC receiving the largest amount, IEC revealed in a third-quarter report.
The commission said that the ANC made a donation disclosure of R32 million, followed by ActionSA which declared R4.68 million. The DA declared R2.92 million while the Patriotic Alliance (PA) declared R247 0000. The EFF and PA both declared R202 600.
According to the IEC, most of the ANC’s funding came from Batho Batho Trust donating R15 million, and the United Manganese of Kalahari which donated R15 million, while R2 million came from Naspers Limited.
ActionSA’s regular funders Martin Moshal and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) NPC each donated R3.5 million and R180 000 respectively while African Equity Corporation donated R1 million.
The DA’s donations were received from Fynbos Trust R271,000, Miss Karen Cramer R250 000, Naspers Limited R2 million and Friedrich Naumann Foundation R400. 325.
Both EFF and PA received their donations from one donor each. EFF received its donation from Car Junction while the PA received it from the party deputy president, Kenny Kunene.
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“ActionSA and the PA are unrepresented political parties, meaning they do not have representation in the nine provincial legislatures or national parliament. These two parties have from time to time declared significant donations received,” said the IEC.
On the foreign donations front, IEC said only ActionSA and the DA declared foreign donations below the R5 million limit per donor per party per annum which were used for prescribed purposes such as skills development, research and policy development.
IEC said four of the five political parties declared donations in kind to the value of more than R30.7 million, with the largest in-kind donation declared by the ANC at R3o million. The rest were donations made to ActionSA R180 000, the DA R400 325 and the EFF R202 600.
The ANC’s in-kind donations came from Batho Batho Trust and United Manganese of Kalahari valued at R15 million each, while ActionSA’s in-kind donation came from KAS in the form of training and skills development for party members, stated IEC.
“The donation from Batho Batho Trust was a payment made to the South African Revenue Service on behalf of the party. The donation from United Manganese of Kalahari was a payment made on behalf of the party to the Johannesburg Expo Centre for the ANC elective conference of December 2022.
“These types of payments to third parties are classified as in kind donations in terms of the Act. Both donations do not exceed the prescribed annual threshold,” said the IEC.
The DA’s in-kind donation from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation was in the form of training and skills development for party members, while the EFF’s in-kind donation came in the form of branded T-shirts and caps.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe