Parties React to Political Party Funding Act

Written by on 22 January, 2021

By: Lindelani Mbatha & Mfundo Mabaso

Political parties have applauded President Cyril Ramaphosa for signing a proclamation that will see the Political Party Funding Act come into operation in April before the local government elections.

The Act prohibits donations by foreign governments and agencies, and prevents members of political parties from receiving donations other than for political-party purposes

Parties may, however, receive funding from foreign entities for training, and skills development.

The EFF welcomed the effecting of this Act, saying it is long overdue and  call on Ramaphosa to unseal the CR17 documents in line and with the spirit of which he signed the Political Party Funding Act.

“We are not surprised that it took Mr “seal the documents” Ramaphosa this long to sign what will evidently promote transparency about the flow of money, strengthen our democracy, and society’s confidence in its leaders. As the President of this country, Ramaphosa must lead by example and disclose his funders immediately,” explains the EFF in a statement.

NFP spokesperson Cannan Mdletshe says the act will change the country’s political landscape.

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Meanwhile ATM spokesperson Sbusiso Mncwabe says the act is long overdue.

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