ANC received about R22 million in donations, ActionSA and DA about R16 million

The African National Congress (ANC) raked in R22 619 969.00 in donations, while Herman Mashaba’s ActionSA received R16 923 382.00 and the Democratic Alliance (DA) R16 867 007.43, according to the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) second quarter report on the disclosure of donations to political parties.

All registered political parties are required to disclose donations above R100 000 made by a single donor to a single party in a financial year, in line with the Political Funding Act.

No donor may make a donation to a political party above R15 million in a year.

According to the regulations, foreign entities cannot make donations that exceed R5 million in a year. Furthermore, donations from foreign entities may only be used for policy development, training or skills development of the members of a political party.

Only six political parties disclosed the donations made to them for the period covered by the IEC’s report, which is from July to September 2021.

The six parties are the ANC, ActionSA, the DA, Abantu Integrity Movement (AIM) which received R112 386.04; the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) which received R235 000.00 and Patricia De Lille’s GOOD party which received R122 900.00.

The IEC said the amount disclosed by the AIM party was a donation made during the first quarter of the financial year, a period between April and June 2021 and that the party only declared the donation in the second quarter.

The IEC said four parties disclosed a total of R780 675.47 in donations-in-kind. The disclosures are as follows:

• ActionSA – R498 382.00
• AIM – R112 386.04
• DA – R47 007.43
• GOOD – R122 900.00

The IEC said the in-kind donations made to ActionSA included items such as 400 corporate golf-shirts for the party, providing the party with consulting services and policy development, and providing it with books and other marketing materials as well as 950 000 A5 handout brochures.

AIM received in-kind donations which included party T-shirts, flyers, banners, flags, video material, information technology related material and gazebos, the IEC said.

The GOOD party’s in-kind donation was the purchase of a Mazda Drifter BT-50 bakkie for the party, the commission said.

The DA’s in-kind donation was made in a form of service provider payment for training of the party’s members, which took place between 17 to 23 June 2021, the IEC said, adding that the payment for the training was only made in the second quarter.

The IEC said the political parties disclosed a total of three donations from foreign sources, with a combined value of R467 007.43.

“The DA declared two of the donations valued at R347 007.43 and ActionSA disclosed a donation of R120 000.00,” the IEC said, adding that all these donations were in compliance with the Party Funding Act.

“With respect to non-disclosing parties, the prescripts provide that the onus rests on behalf of the political parties and entities making declarable donations to their preferred parties to disclose such donations to the commission,” the IEC said.

The donations made to Mashaba’s ActionSA included donations made by the daughters of Mary Oppenheimer, the daughter of Harry Oppenheimer, Victoria Fruedenheim who donated R3 333 334.00 and Rebecca Oppenheimer who donated R3 333 333.40.

The ANC received donations from Cedric Muziwakhe Ntombela, African Rainbow Minerals Limited (R5 853 969.00), the Chancellor House Trust, NEP Consulting and two donations from the party’s president Cyril Ramaphosa of R200 000.00 and R166 000.00 each.

Technology firm Naspers, which includes Takealot, Media24 and Mr Delivery under its umbrella, donated R1 000 000.00 to the DA.

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