Possible boost for E Cape parties
Johannesburg - Political parties in the Eastern Cape could share R27m if members of the provincial legislature vote in favour of the proposal in December, the Dispatch online reported on Wednesday.
If accepted, the money will be divided among the five parties in the legislature, with the African National Congress getting the lion's share.
This was revealed in the R1.6bn Adjustments Appropriation Bill tabled in the legislature in Bhisho last week.
The R27m would be deposited into political parties' caucus, constituency and political coffers, which were depleted during the May elections.
Eastern Cape political parties had already shared R94m, paid out in proportion to the seats they held.
DA finance spokesperson Bobby Stevenson said the proposed R27m would be the first additional payment since the Eastern Cape Political Party Fund Bill came into effect in 2010.
Treasury spokesperson Kershia Singh said the provincial parliament asked for all of the unspent R42m to be rolled over to this year's budget, but the provincial treasury approved only R27m.
Stevenson said the province should rather be fixing its schools, hospitals and roads.
ANC chief whip in the legislature and MPL Humphrey Maxegwana said: "Not a single opposition MPL stood up and complained during the last sitting. They are just politicking now."
Opposition parties control 19 seats and the ANC 44, meaning passage of the proposal is assured. According to a National Treasury report last week the Eastern Cape spent the least of all nine provinces of its infrastructure budget between April and September 2011.