Political Party Funding

Up until recently, political parties have mostly been united in their opposition to transparency of their private funding.

On 27 March 2018, the National Assembly adopted the Political Party Funding Bill. Twelve out of thirteen political parties represented in Parliament were in support of adopting the Bill.

On 27 June 2018, the National Council of Provinces adopted the Bill with no amendments.  This of course marking a historic moment in our political and electoral sphere.

This Bill is the first drafted legislation to provide for and regulate private funding to political parties. In addition, the Bill includes a disclosure regime for private donations received by political parties.

My Vote Counts welcomes the adoption of the Bill without amendments, but will still be campaigning for these amendments to be made on a later stage.

On 20 August 2018, members of MVC and R2K wrote letters to each of the represented political parties in Parliament requesting their private donor information. Parties were asked to disclose the following:

– The income of all donations (this includes donations, interest, dividends, loans, payments) from the amount of R10 000 for each financial year from March 2014 until May 2018 from all direct and third-party financial vehicles ( trusts, individuals, corporate entities) at the National, Provincial and Regional level;

– The identities of all donors who provided income above R10 000 to their political party either directly or through a third party in the form of donations, interest, dividends, loans, and or payments to any bank account, investment entities, trusts or third-party accounts of their political party.

The political parties were given a deadline of 10 September 2018 to disclose this information.

On 1 October 2018, MVC and Right 2 Know started a petition and wrote a letter to the President urging him to sign by end November as this would give enough time for the IEC to put processes in place and for the Bill to be implemented before the 2019 elections. 

On 22 January 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Bill into law. Although we welcome the signing of this historic piece of legislation, we are disappointed that political parties will only be compelled to disclose their private funding information after the 2019 elections. 



Useful Links

The Civil Society Working Group on State Capture Joint Submission

Letter to President on one year anniversary of PPFA signing

MVC’s Written Submission on PAIA to the NCOP

MVC’s Oral Submission on the PAIA Amendment Bill Hearings

Mmusi Maimane Response to Political Party Funding Disclosure 23 July 2019

Letter to Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Party Funding Disclosure

Presentation to Public Hearings on Political Party Funding Act Regulations

Letter to President Ramaphosa Re: Political Party Funding Disclosure

Letter to Julius Malema Re: Political Party Funding Disclosure

Letter to Mmusi Maimane Re: Political Party Funding Disclosure 

Letter to President Re: Political Party Funding Act Review

The Private Funding of Political Parties: What We Know

MVC and R2K Submission on Draft Regulations

Inkatha Freedom Party Response to Party Funding Request 

Democratic Alliance Response to Party Funding Request

Letter to Parties Requesting Party Funding Information

My Vote Counts NPC vs Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Another Constitutional Court Judgement 2018

MVC’s Political Party Funding Policy Brief

Political Party Funding Bill 

MVC’s Written Submission to National Assembly in 2017

MVC’s Oral Submission to the National Council Of Provinces 2018

Communication from Parliament

Call for Comment on Promotion of Access to Information Amendment Draft Bill, 2019

Call for Comment on Party Funding Draft Bill

Call for Comment on Funding Model

Request for Extension


Timeline of Events

Interested to know how we got to the Political Party Funding Act? View a timeline of events on this campaign at this link.