DA gets lion’s share of political party donations

By Zukile Majova

South Africa’s major political parties are swimming in cash, receiving over R172-million in donations between 1 January and 31 March.

The main opposition DA received the lion’s share from local and international donors, boosting its coffers by over R65-million.

The ruling ANC declared donations of up to R16.7-million.  

On Friday, the Independent Electoral Commission released its Party Fundings Fourth Quarter Disclosure Report for the 2023-24 financial year.

“The declared value of donations has for the very first time since the inception of the Party Funding Act surpassed the R100-million mark in any one quarter,” said the IEC.

They said the declared total is a massive R172,069,959.

At least 13 political parties declared private donations in the year’s first quarter.

1. Able Leadership – R360,000 

2. ActionSA – R10,525,000

3. African National Congress – R16,782,000 

4. African Transformation Movement – R120,000 

5. Change Starts Now – R35,820,000

6. Democratic Alliance  – R65,074,359 

7. Economic Freedom Fighters – R2,640,000 

8. Independent South African National Civic Organisation – R1,599,000 

9. Inkatha Freedom Party – R20,000,000

10. Patriotic Alliance – R1,030,000

11. Rise Mzansi -–R15,100,000

12. United Democratic Movement – R2,250,00

13. Freedom Front Plus – R769,600

ActionSA (R10.5-million) – Received most of its donations from its regular donor, Israeli-South African billionaire Martin Moshal, who donated R9,000,000 of the party’s declared donations. He made three separate donations of R3,000,000, R2,000,000 and R4,000,000 in January, February and March this year. The remainder of ActionSA’s declared donations were received from another regular donor to the party, Moss Kadey, an individual known as Chris du Toit, and an entity known as Style Eyes of California. 

ANC (R16.7-million) – The IEC said two of the party’s highest donations, valued at R6,900,000 each, were received from companies associated with mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, namely African Rainbow Minerals Limited and Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited. The rest of the declared donations were received from three different entities: Naspers Limited (R2,000,000), Elohim Erets (R472,000) and Vukuzenzele Boukontrakteurs (R510,000). 

African Transformation Movement – Received a donation of R120,000 from Caesar Nongqunga.

Change Starts Now (R35.8-million) – The party founded by former banker Roger Jardine received R35.8-million from three separate donors: Fynbos Ekwiteit (R15,000,000), Main Street 1564 (R15,000,000) and Ball Family Trust (R5,820,000). CSN is not contesting the elections. 

Democratic Alliance (R65.07-million) – It received three separate donations of R10,000,000 each from Main Street 1564, Jonathan Ernest Maximillan Oppenheimer and another individual reported to be Ernest’s father, NF Oppenheimer. “Additional donations were received from Martin Moshal (R8,000,000), an entity referred to as Section 48 of Flat 405 San Michele Clifton (Pty) Ltd (R6,000,000), Gap Infrastructure Corporation (Pty) Ltd, R6,000,000 plus an additional R4,000,000 totalling R 10,000,000, two entities associated with Patrice Motsepe, namely African Rainbow Minerals Limited (R2,520,000) and Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (R2,520,000), as well as Naspers Limited (R2,000,000).”

EFF (R2.6-million) – From companies associated with Patrice Motsepe: African Rainbow Minerals Limited (R1,320,000) and Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (R1,320,000). 

IFP (R20-million) – Received two separate donations of R10m each from a father and son duo, NF Oppenheimer and Jonathan Ernest Maximillian Oppenheimer. 

Patriotic Alliance (R1.03-million) – From two separate amounts of R800,000 and R230,000 made by the party leader, Gayton McKenzie, and an entity referred to as E Botha and Y Erasmus Inc.

Rise Mzansi (R15.1-million) – Received from two separate donors. The largest donation was from a voluntary organisation named We Are the People (R15-million) and R100,000 from Peter Vundla.

Pictured above: John Steenhuisen

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