Northern Cape Political Party Fund Act, 2009 (Act 7 of 2009)

Northern Cape Provincial Gazette no. 1357
Northern Cape

South Africa

Northern Cape Political Party Fund Act, 2009

Act 7 of 2009

  1. [Repealed by Northern Cape Provincial Political Party Fund Repeal Act, 2021 (Act 3 of 2021) on 31 March 2021]


ACTTo provide funding for political parties represented in the Legislature; to establish the Northern Cape Political Party Fund; to provide for accountability regarding that Fund; to provide for regulation of disclosure by political parties; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
WHEREAS the Constitution establishes the basic principle of multi-party democracy;AND WHEREAS section 236 of the Constitution promotes this principle and, in particular, requires national legislation to provide for the funding of political parties participating in National and Provincial Legislatures on an equitable and proportional basis to enhance multi-party democracy;AND WHEREAS the Constitution promotes these principles in all spheres of government;AND WHEREAS national legislation has been enacted providing for funding of political parties participating in National and Provincial Legislatures and establishing a fund for the purpose of funding political parties that participate in national and Provincial Legislatures;AND WHEREAS supplementary funding of political parties participating in the Legislature on an equitable and proportional basis further enhances multi­party democracy;AND WHEREAS the money so allocated is to be utilised by political parties for purposes arising from their functioning as political parties in a modern democracy;BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED by the Legislature of the Northern Cape as follows:-


1. Definitions

In this Act, except if not consistent with the context-accounting officer” means an accounting officer of a political party appointed by that political party in terms of section 6(1)(b) of the act;Constitution” means the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996;financial year” means a period of twelve months from 1 April in every year to 31 March the following year, both days included;Fund” means the Northern Cape Political Party Fund established by section 2(1);Legislature” means the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature as referred to in section 104 of the Constitution;prescribe” means prescribe by regulation made under section 10; andSecretary” means the Secretary to the Legislature or any person acting in that position;Speaker” means the Speaker of the Legislature elected in terms of section 111 of the Constitution;this Act” includes the regulations made under section 10.

2. Establishment of Northern Cape Political Party Fund

(1)The Northern Cape Political Party Fund is hereby established for the purpose of funding political parties that participate in the Legislature.
(2)The Fund must be credited with-(a)money appropriated to the Fund by the Legislature;(b)contributions and donations to the Fund originating from sources within or outside the Republic;(c)interest earned on money deposited in terms of section 3(1) and on money invested in terms of section 3(2); and(d)money recovered or accruing to the Fund from any other source.(e)money fund-raised from sources within or outside the Republic.

3. Deposit and investment of money of Fund

(1)Except as provided in subsection (2), money standing to the credit of the Fund must be deposited in a separate bank account opened by the Secretary with a bank registered in the Republic.
(2)Money in the Fund that is not required immediately for making allocations to political parties in terms of section 5, may be invested with the Public Investment Commissioners contemplated in the Public Investment Commissioners Act, 1984 (Act No. 45 of 1984).

4. Management and control of Fund

(1)The Secretary is responsible for the management and administration of the Fund and is the accounting officer and chief executive officer of the Fund.
(2)The Secretary may issue policy guidelines to each political party which receives money from the Fund.
(3)For each financial year the Secretary must keep records, in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice and procedures, of-(a)money received by or accruing to the Fund;(b)allocations and payments made there from;(c)expenditure arising from the allocation of money from the Fund; and(d)a record of the capital and liabilities of the Fund.
(4)The first financial year from the day on which this Act comes into operation until 31 March first following, both days included.

5. Allocations from Fund

(1)Every political party is entitled to be allocated money from the Fund for a financial year that it will participate in the Legislature.
(2)Subject to subsection (7), money allocated to a political party must be used for purposes compatible with its functioning as a political party in a modern democracy.
(3)The functioning of a political party as contemplated in subsection (2) includes, but is not limited to-(a)the development of the political will of people;(b)bringing the influence of a political party to bear on the shaping of public opinion;(c)inspiring and furthering political education;(d)promoting active participation by individual citizens in political life;(e)exercising an influence on political trends; and(f)ensuring continuous, vital links between the people and organs of state and, in particular, between the people and the Legislature.
(4)Allocations from the Fund to political parties must be determined and made once off for the financial year or as prescribed.
(5)The Secretary must make allocations from the Fund to the political parties in accordance with a prescribed formula based-(a)in part, on the principle of proportionality, taking into account the relation that the number of such a party’s representatives in the Legislature bears and the percentage of votes obtained by parties in the last general election; and(b)in part, on the principle of equity, taking into account, amongst others a fixed threshold for a minimum allocation to each of the political parties represented in the Legislature, and a weighted scale of representation for an allocation to each of the political parties participating in the Legislature.
(6)The information and particulars necessary to apply the prescribed formula to a party must be ascertained from the relevant facts and circumstances as at the time when the allocation is to be made.
(7)Money allocated to a political party from the Fund may not be used-(a)for the purpose of directly or indirectly paying remuneration, fee, reward, prerequisite or other benefit to a person representing the party in the Legislature or who holds office under the State;(b)with a view to finance or contribute to a matter, cause, event or occasion, whether directly or indirectly, in contravention of the code of ethics binding on the members of the Legislature, as the case may be;(c)directly or indirectly for the purpose of establishing or financing a business or acquiring or maintaining a right or financial interest whatsoever in a business;(d)to acquire a right or interest in immovable property, except where the right or interest in the immovable property is to be used by the political party solely for ordinary party-political purposes; or(e)for any other purpose that is incompatible with the functioning of a political party in a modern democracy, as may be prescribed.
(8)The allocation of money from the Fund to a political party must-(a)end when the party ceases to be a represented party in the Legislature; and(b)within 30 days after the date on which a political party is no longer a represented party, it must repay the unspent balance of all money that had been allocated to it.

6. Political parties to account for money allocated from Fund

(1)A political party to which money is allocated from the Fund must-(a)keep, with a bank registered in the Republic, a separate bank account into which the money must be deposited; and(b)appoint an official of that political party as its accounting officer with regard to the money allocated to that party from the Fund.
(2)The responsibility of the accounting officer is to account for the money allocated to that political party, and includes-(a)the duty to ensure that the party complies with the requirements of this Act; and(b)lodging a written report with the Secretary on discovery of expenditure of an allocation to a political party not in accordance with this Act and the steps taken for the recovery of such expenditure in the prescribed manner.
(3)The accounting officer must keep separate books and records of account, in the prescribed manner, in respect of money allocated from the Fund and all transactions involving such money.
(4)Within two months after the end of a financial year the accounting officer must prepare a statement-(a)showing all amounts received by the political party from the Fund during that financial year and its usage of allocated money; and(b)describing the purpose for which the various amounts have been used.
(5)The books and records of account contemplated in subsection (3) and the statement contemplated in subsection (4) must be audited by a public accountant and auditor registered and practising as such in terms of the Public Accountants’ and Auditors' Act, 1991 (Act No. 80 of 1991).
(6)Within three months after the end of that financial year the accounting officer must submit the audited accounts, statements and report of the auditor to the Provincial Secretary of the Legislature.
(7)Despite subsection (4), the Auditor-General may at any time audit the books and records of account and financial statements relating to money allocated to a political party from the Fund.
(8)(a)Subject to paragraph (b), the Provincial Secretary of the Legislature-(i)must order that the allocation of money to a political party from the Fund be suspended if satisfied on reasonable grounds that the party failed to comply with a requirement of this Act; and(ii)must terminate the suspension if satisfied, in the light of the party’s subsequent conduct, that the suspension is no longer justified;(b)The suspension of a political party’s allocations may be ordered in terms of paragraph (a) only if the Secretary-(i)has by written notice informed the party of the proposed suspension and of the reasons therefore; and(ii)has called on the party to furnish reasons, within the period specified in the notice why its allocations from the Fund should not be suspended.(c)The period referred to in paragraph (b) must not be shorter than 30 days as from the date of notice.

7. Recovery of money irregularly spent by political parties

(1)Where money allocated to a political party in terms of section 5 have not been spent in accordance with a requirement of this Act, the accounting officer of that party contemplated in section 6(1)(b) may be liable to repay to the Secretary the money irregularly spent.
(2)The Secretary may recover the money irregularly spent and may do so by-(a)instituting a civil claim in respect of the amount irregularly spent against the accounting officer of the political party contemplated in section 6(1)(b); or(b)setting off the amount irregularly spent against an allocation that may become payable to the political party.

8. Speaker to report to Legislature on Fund

(1)As soon as possible after the end of each financial year, the Speaker must-(a)prepare a report regarding its management and administration of the fund during that financial year; and(b)prepare financial statements in relation to the Fund, showing-(i)the amounts received by and accrued to the Fund during that financial year;(ii)the allocations made from the Fund to the respective political parties during that year;(iii)the amounts spent during that financial year by each political party in connection with purposes classifiable under the generally descriptive categories as prescribed from time to time;(iv)the balance of the Fund and amounts owing to or by the Fund as at the end of that year; and(v)the Speaker must submit that report, those statements and the Speaker’s books and records of account relating to the Fund to the Auditor-General for auditing.
(2)Within 30 days after receipt of the Auditor-General’s report, the Speaker must submit that report to the Legislature together with the audited financial statements of the Fund and the audited Speaker’s report.

9. Unspent money

(1)Money not spent by a political party at the end of a financial year must be shown in the books and records of account of the party as a credit balance carried forward to the next financial year: Provided that-(a)the money that may be carried forward, may be limited to an amount representing a prescribed percentage of the allocations made for that financial year; and(b)money carried forward to the next financial year may not be taken into account in determining an allocation to the party concerned during that financial year.
(2)Money standing to the credit of the Fund at the end of a financial year must be carried forward to the next financial year as a credit balance.
(3)If the Legislature is dissolved in terms of the Constitution, a political party that is represented in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature must close its books and records of account-(a)not later than 7 days before the date set for the election and within 60 days thereafter submit an audited statement in respect of those books and records of account to the Provincial Secretary of the Legislature; and(b)not later than the day immediately before the date set for the election such a political party must repay to the Provincial Secretary of the Legislature the unspent balances as at the date when its books and records of account are closed as contemplated in paragraph (a).
(4)If the Legislature is dissolved in any other circumstances a political party represented in the Legislature must close its books and records of account-(a)not later than 7 days before the date set for the election;(b)within 60 days thereafter submit an audited statement in respect of those books and records of account to the Provincial Secretary of the Legislature;(c)the Provincial Secretary of the Legislature must calculate the representation of a political party mentioned in subsection (4) as a percentage of the representation of that party in the Legislature contemplated in subsection (3); and(d)not later than the day immediately before the date set for the election such a political party must repay to the Provincial Secretary of the Legislature the unspent balance of the determined percentage as at the date when the books and records of account are closed as contemplated in paragraph (a).

10. Regulations

The Speaker, acting on the recommendation of a committee of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, may by notice in the Provincial Gazette make regulations consistent with this Act-(a)to prescribe the procedure according to which, manner in which, and intervals or instalments at which payments from the Fund are to be determined and made;(b)to prescribe the formula on which allocations are to be calculated;(c)determine a purpose which in the application of section 5(1) is not compatible with the functioning of a political party in a modern democracy;(d)to prescribe the information and particulars that political parties must furnish to the Secretary to ensure proper and effective application and administration of and compliance with this Act; and(e)on any matter which may or must be prescribed in terms of this Act.

11. Short title and commencement

(1)This Act is called the Northern Cape Political Party Fund Act, 2009, and comes into operation on a date fixed by the Premier by Proclamation in the Provincial Gazette.
(2)Different provisions of this Act may be brought into operation on different dates.