Land and Property Rights

CCAC #: 0613
Artwork title: Land and Property Rights
Artist(s): Samkelo Bunu
Year made: 1996
Artwork type: Paper
Medium: Woodcut
Dimensions (mm): 570 x 376
Framed dimensions (in mm): 720 x 524 x 40
Edition: 44/50
Artwork series: Images of Human Rights print portfolio
Source: Donated by the Artists for Human Rights Trust
Year acquired: 2021
Installation type: Movable artwork
Location area: On a travelling exhibition

The artist emphasises the responsibility of parliament - represented by two classical pillars - to introduce new laws enabling equitable access to land. Papers or bills are touching every part of the image, even the cattle in the foreground, symbolising the land. The simple house on the left, pierced by the parliamentary pillar, refers to forced removals initiated by the apartheid government.

Themes: Land reform
Human Rights Day
Constitutional links: Property rights (section 25)
Related Constitutional Court cases: Yolanda Daniels v Theo Scribante and Another (2017)

CCAC 434118

Photographer: Ben Law-Viljoen
Photo copyright: CT

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