‘IEC Must Address ANC, EFF’s Contravention Of Funding Act’

"The EFF has not made any declaration. This is clearly in breach of the Political Party Funding Act. They have previously stated that they fund the party with statutory income.

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to address the African National Congress (ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) contravention of the Funding Act, SurgeZirc SA reports.

In a statement made available to SurgeZirc SA, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said the ANC who had initially declared R15 million donation from the Chancellor House Trust, failed to disclose the source of their donation.

“The ANC has declared a R15 million donation from the Chancellor House Trust. That is their fundraising entity clearly structured to contravene the Act.

“By receiving donations to the Trust, they conceal the source of their donations. When the Act was introduced, the DA took advice on whether such an arrangement would be acceptable to the IEC and their response was that such an arrangement would contravene the Act.

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“The IEC is now contradicting that position. Given the IEC’s abysmal performance in the recent elections, a question must be raised on whether the IEC is acting independently and serving the people and not the ANC,” the statement reads partly.

In the statement, the Democratic Alliance (DA) also alleged that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) also contravened the Funding Act as they also failed to declare the amount received from donations.

“The EFF has not made any declaration. This is clearly in breach of the Political Party Funding Act. They have previously stated that they fund the party with statutory income.

“If this is true, they are acting illegally, given that statutory income cannot be spent on most political activity spending, such as funding election expenditure and donations of motor vehicles.

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“This must have a funding source and it must be disclosed. Given the EFF’s obvious spending, it is impossible that they did not receive donations that should have been declared,” the statement reads.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) however urged the IEC to take necessary actions to ensure there is an adherence to the Funding Act.

The party however noted that if the IEC fails to checkmate the situation, it will not be making any disclosure of donations in the future.

“If the IEC does not up its game on ensuring that the implement the law as enacted, the DA will seriously consider withholding any future disclosures until the IEC does its job,” the statement reads.

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