There has been much hand-wringing about the effective suspension of the Political Party Funding Act in the run-up to the May 29 elections.

Former minister of constitutional development Mohammed Valli Moosa, who ushered the legislation through parliament, described it in 2020 as “the biggest advancement of our democratic order since the adoption of the constitution”. In reality, however, this was always a lousy law, one that has done almost nothing to change the relationship between money and politics in SA...

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