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IEC reveals that Patrice Motsepe is a top donor to political parties and has given 5 parties combined R13m

  • Patrice Motsepe was the top donor to South Africa’s five major political parties, according to the Electoral Commission of South Africa
  • The law on the financing of political parties requires that all donations received by a political party be declared quarterly
  • The African National Congress was the recipient of the bulk of donations in the 2021/22 financial year

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JOHANNESBURG – The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has released a report which reveals that Patrice Motsepe was the biggest donor to political parties in the third quarter of the 2021/22 financial year.

Motsepe donated a total of R13 million to five different political parties in October alone. These donations were made by Harmony Gold and African Rainbow Minerals, which Motsepe owns.

The IEC report follows the implementation of the Political Party Funding Act, which stipulates that parties must declare all donations and funds received and their sources, SchedulesLIVE reports.

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Patrice Motsepe is the biggest donor to South Africa’s five main political parties. Image: Countess Jemal/Getty Images for Global Citizen
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EFF declares donations for the first time

According to Municipal press, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) reported the donations they received for the first time since the Political Party Funding Act came into force. The party revealed that it had received a donation of R3 million.

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EFF donors include Harmony Gold, South African Breweries, African Rainbow Minerals, SN Maseko and 3Sixty Health. Many of these donors have also donated to the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The ANC received the most of all 11 political parties that reported the donations they received in the third quarter. Most of the donations received by the ruling party were intended to help it pay the unpaid salaries of its staff.

Reactions to the revelations of the IEC report

@ZukzFranco remarked:

“And it’s a surprise for you? The man is a brother-in-law. What did you expect? It was part of the lobola fee.”

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@ZiieRadebe said:

“Good, good, good. If it is not Cyril’s brother-in-law who finances 5 major political parties including the EFF.”

@LwaziIsMyName shared:

“Only in South Africa is private funding of political parties/political campaigns seen as a big problem.”

@thuto_xclsv asked:

“Who funds DA and VF+?”

@caswellraseleka said:

“That’s where the ANC salaries come from.”

The IEC receives for the first time the declaration of donations from the EFF

In previous news on IEC reports, In brief News recently reported that the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) had received a statement detailing the donations received by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

This is the first time the party has submitted these figures. The EFF report states that the party received R3 million in donations, although the sources of these funds remain unknown.

The EFF has been criticized for keeping its donations secret, despite their flashy campaigns and election advertising spending by local governments.

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