“Considering that each of these foreign donors have made repeated donations to one political party (DA), the commission has found it necessary to consider the cumulative value of all donations over the financial year under review.
“The commission can therefore confirm that all the foreign donations declared by the DA were fully compliant with the act in that they fall within the R5m ceiling per donor. Furthermore, the donated funds were used for activities falling within the ambit of the law — namely, policy development, training and skills development of members of the political party,” said the IEC.
Chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said the fourth quarter declarations were by far the least, both in terms of value of donations and the number of parties making declarations.
For the first time, only two political parties made declarations and the total value of donations was below R30m, which was until now the smallest amount declared in a quarter.
“Noting that the fourth-quarter disclosure period was immediately after the local government elections, it appears that there is a nexus between the number and total value of donations and the election cycle. The more imminent the elections, the more likely that parties will receive significant donations,” said Mamabolo.
“Another emerging feature of the party funding disclosure regime is that political parties with the highest representation in the national and provincial legislatures appear more likely to receive donations regularly than those with lower representation. The ANC and the DA are typical in this regard.”