The African National Congress’ salary bill remains its biggest expense and the party spent more than R70 million paying staff‚ according to the annual report of the Electoral Commission’s Represented Political Parties Fund (ECRPPF).
The fund distributed more than R127m to political parties in Parliament and provincial legislatures in the financial year ended March 31 2016‚ according to its report.
The report provides insight into political parties’ funding outside of private donations‚ which are a thorny and secretive issue.
The ANC received R72.9m in proportional transfers and R2.7m in equitable transfers from the fund. It spent R640‚000 on meetings and rally arrangements.
The Democratic Alliance received a R24.8m proportional transfer and a R2.7m equitable transfer. It spent R22m on salaries and R2.3m on rent and electricity.
The Economic Freedom Fighters received a R7.5m proportional transfer and a R2.7m equitable transfer. The party spent most of its money on rallies and events‚ which cost R6.7m‚ and travel at R1.2m.
My Vote Counts intends to take up the issue of the disclosure of private donations in the high court.