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22 Law Democracy & Dev. 1 (2018)

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My Vote Counts and

the Transparency of

Political Party

Funding in South

Africa

JONATHAN KLAAREN

Professor, University of the
Witwatersrand


1 INTRODUCTION

The vision of society proclaimed by the
Constitution of the Republic  of South
Africa, 1996 (Constitution) is an open
democracy.    There  are a number   of
aspects -  angles -  to that openness.
Paradoxically, one of them is secrecy. In
the  context   of  representative  and
participatory democracy,   the  debate
over and consideration of the Protection
of State Information Bill (often termed
the  Secrecy Bill or Act)  up to  its
passage as an Act provided  a true test
for the  post-apartheid South  African
democracy.'            It            is


1 Klaaren J, The South African 'Secrecy Act':
democracy put to the test (2015) 48 Verfass
Recht Ubersee VRU 284-303. I argued that the
South African parliamentary oversight was not
as well implemented as the German oversight
and that there were as yet clumsy modes of
incorporating elements of the national debate
from the provincial and local levels into the
National Council of Provinces (the second
legislative chamber of Parliament). I also argued
that terming South Africa a dominant democracy
framework (a mode of analysis in comparative
constitutional law akin to the category of one-
party States) was inferior to an analysis
attending to  the  symbolic politics of
transparency between the intelligence services
and the media.


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