n Law, Democracy & Development - My Vote Counts and the transparency of political party funding in South Africa

Volume 22 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



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.

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