Private Political Funding

The Political Party Funding Act will commence from 1 April 2021.

MVC and many civil society organisations have for years been advocating for legislation to create a transparency framework to ensure political parties disclose their private funding information. This is to provide voters and the public with crucial information when they go to the polls and to make other political choices as well as to deter corruption.

MVC previously wrote a letter to the President, endorsed by 20 civil society organsations, on the one year anniversary of the PPFA being assented to, requesting that a date be gazetted for implementation of the Act. This letter was not answered by the President.

On 21 December 2020, MVC, through our legal representatives Webber Wentzel, wrote a formal letter to the President urgently requesting reasons for the unjustifiable delays in the promulgation and implementation of the PPFA, as well as the Promotion of Access Information Amendment Act. We also asked for an indication of when these laws would come into effect. We are yet to receive a response from the President, and have requested a response by 22 January 2021. Our letter can be read here.

The Act will fundamentally improve and deepen our ability to exercise our political rights from an informed position. For the first time in our country’s history, political parties will need to disclose the sources and amounts of private funding they receive and this will be available to the public. The regulatory framework the law creates will also serve to clamp down on corruption and the undue influence of private interests in our politics. The PPFA will also repeal our current public funding legislation (Public Funding of Represented Political Parties Act) and create a Represented Political Party fund. This will be to the benefit of smaller parties and will strengthen our multi-party democracy.

Some of the key points from the PPFA include:

  • Private donations of more than R100 000 are to be disclosed to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) who is tasked with recording and preserving this information and will make it available for South Africans.
  • Donations for any other purposes other than for political-party business are prohibited. 
  • Donations from foreign governments, foreign agencies, foreign persons and foreign entities are prohibited. Unless these donations are for training, skills development or policy development. 
  • Political parties cannot receive donations from organs of state or state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

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.

Read the Political Party Funding Act here.



Useful Links

Political Party Funding Act 

Political Party Funding Act Regulations

Historical Funding Report 2021

Letter to President regarding the promulgation of PPFA and PAIA Amendments

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