The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says smaller parties have to market themselves to attract private funding.
Only three political parties; the Democratic Alliance (DA), the African National Congress (ANC) and ActionSA declared private donations over the R100 000 threshold. The Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) first quarterly report recently revealed that DA received over R15-million, the ANC over R10-million and ActionSA received more than R3-million in private donations.
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CASAC Executive Secretary Lawson Naidoo says smaller parties can do more than just rely on the Multi-Party Democracy Fund.
“There has been little income flowing into that Multi-Party Democracy Fund so far. A lot more advocacy work needs to be done around that. As far as private funding of political party funding of political parties is concerned, that’s a competitive market. and parties can’t complain about not receiving private funding if they are not attracted or making themselves attractive to potential donors.”