Election funding: Patrice Motsepe's firm gave ANC more than R5m, while Ramaphosa bailed party out twice

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Rosetta Msimango
  • Ramaphosa made two sizable donations to the ANC but his brother-in-law Patrice Motsepe’s company donated way more. 
  • The ANC president donated R366 000 to the financially embattled party in August. 
  • In total, the ANC received about R22 million in donations over the second financial quarter of the year.

With the ANC financially constrained and failing to pay its staff leading up to the municipal election, President Cyril Ramaphosa came to the party’s rescue, making two sizable financial donations. 

According to the Second Quarter Disclosure Report on donations by political parties for the period from July to September 2021, released by the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) on Thursday, Ramaphosa made two donations of R200 000 and R166 000. 

The donations where made to the ANC on the same day, 30 August. 

READ | IEC publishes donations declared between July and September: ANC R22.6m, ActionSA R16.9m

While Ramaphosa gave R366 000, his brother-in-law Patrice Motsepe's firm, African Rainbow Minerals Limited, made an even bigger donation of R5 853 969. 

In total, the ANC declared that it had received a total of R22 619 969, with R15 million of this amount coming from the controversial Chancellor House. 

Patrice Motsepe
Patrice Motsepe.

The party made the declarations to the IEC in line with the Political Party Funding Act 6 of 2018 and its supporting regulations. It requires all registered political parties to disclose donations above the R100 000 threshold to the IEC. 

In turn, the IEC has a duty to publish the disclosed donations.

Declarable donations are monetary in nature, in kind or combined, and above R100 000 made by a single donor to a single party in a financial year. 

READ | Concerning that only 3 parties disclosed party funding, say interest group

The ANC has come under fire from its staff for failing to pay salaries for over three months. 

The employees, who suspended their picket action in September, again embarked on a show of disapproval this week as they held lunch-time pickets at all ANC offices on Monday. 

Part of their grievances were that the party was able to raise money for the election campaign, but that its leadership was failing to, at the very least, met with employees and give them a commitment on when their salaries could be paid in full. 

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