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The CEI remains silent on the investigation into the establishment of the ANC in Ezulweni – ActionSA – POLITICS

The party says the need for an investigation mainly concerns the right of South Africans to vote with the required information on party financing

IEC remains silent on investigation into ANC Ezulweni investment settlement

May 9, 2024

ActionSA notes with disappointment the silence of the IEC regarding its proclaimed investigation into the R102 million debt settlement with Ezulweni Investments.

Following the confirmation on March 12 by the head of the CEI’s party financing unit of an investigation into the ANC, ActionSA wrote again to the CEI on April 18 to make it clear that it was imperative that the investigation be concluded before the elections. No response has been received to date.

The Constitutional Court was explicit on the fact that voters must exercise their choices by being informed of the method of financing political parties. Given that this investigation relates to the ANC’s December 2023 debt settlement declaration, it is reasonable for the IEC to conclude this investigation before South Africans go to the polls on May 29.

The IEC investigation follows ActionSA’s persistence in raising the issue following the disclosure of R10 million in the quarter in which the ANC claims to have settled the debt. ActionSA’s claim in its complaint to the IEC is that the ANC’s failure to pay strikers’ salaries last year was a common cause. His announcement a few months later that he had settled R102 million in debt, with only R10 million in donations declared, suggests that the settlement was probably illegal under the Party Finance Act.