The EFF dismiss claims by some reporters that the party failed to declare donations prescribed by the Political Party Funding Act.
“These foolish and misleading claims that the EFF failed to declare donations have been peddled by journalists. They are allowing themselves to be used as conduits to attack the credibility and standing of the EFF,” the party said in their statement.
IEC issued a detail and clear statement that political parties represented in legislatures engaged with the IEC and confirmed with they did not receive anything that requires declaration. It is common cause that the Political Party Funding Act (PPFA) came into effect on the 1st of April 2021.
According to EFF, before this and anticipating this Act coming into effect, the EFF convened several meetings. With the Officials to engage and train the leadership of the EFF from the National, Provincial and Regional Leadership structures on the implementation of this Act.
“All these engagements were done to ensure and enforce compliance with the provisions of the above-mentioned Act,” EFF said.
On the 5th of July 2021, the IEC wrote a letter to EFF reminding the EFF to disclose any donations received for the first quarter of the Financial Year. The EFF responded and confirmed not to have received any donations. Subsequently, the IEC responded and confirmed that there is no need to make a donation declaration on the IEC Online Party Funding System if a party has not received any donations.
This is indeed in line with the Provisions of the Act as prescribed by section 9 of the PPFA,2018.
“The EFF is vindicated because we have warned South Africa and our members not to listen to embedded media companies and journalists who are used as tools to fight the EFF. Because we are unashamedly demanding land expropriation without compensation and nationalization of strategic sectors of the economy.
“The EFF calls on the IEC to release a comprehensive report with details of all political parties that responded and confirm that they did not receive any donations that require declaration. To ensure that there is no doubt in the public minds about compliance with all the by political parties,” EFF said.
EFF adds, that they remain focused on their programme of action and campaign to remove the corrupt elite government and replace it with a socialist government that will bring about permanent change to the lives of the people.
“No amount of disinformation, no amount of propaganda will kill the idea whose time has come.
“We are a generation with a clear mission of Economic Freedom In Our Lifetime, and we will achieve it,” it concluded.