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A guide to how SA political parties get funded

2 April 2019 10:08 AM
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Author and former ANC MP Melanie Verwoerd provides insights into how political parties are funded ahead of the 2019 elections.

Transparency around political party funding has been a much debated topic for years in South Africa.

Earlier this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed into law a new Party Funding Bill which determines that all private donations to political parties be disclosed.

However, it is unlikely this law will come into effect before this year’s elections.

Author and former ANC MP Melanie Verwoerd looks at the various way in which political parties get their funding ahead of the 2019 national elections.

Read: Melanie Verwoerd: How to read political polls ahead of upcoming 2019 election

We all know that elections are expensive to political parties.

Melanie Verwoerd, Author and former ANC MP

There are two ways of how political parties get money - the private sector and the State.

Melanie Verwoerd, Author and former ANC MP

They get a certain amount of money from the State, which is the taxpayer's money. There is a fund controlled by the IEC which gives parties a formula based on their representation in the national and provincial government.

Melanie Verwoerd, Author and former ANC MP

The ANC in the last financial year got about R83 500 million, DA got R30 million, EFF R11 million and Cope as well as Freedom Front got about R2 million.

Melanie Verwoerd, Author and former ANC MP

Verwoerd says there are strict rules on how political parties can use these funds.

She says the new Party Funding Bill pertains to funding acquired from the private sector and not State funding.

When it comes to private funding it is important that we know who is giving who money.

Melanie Verwoerd, Author and former ANC MP

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


2 April 2019 10:08 AM
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IEC centre
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