S Goje

Sandile Goje – Making Democracy Work, 1996

Sandile Goje, Making Democracy Work, 1996, linocut on paper.

This linocut is emblematic of one of the core metaphors associated with the Constitutional Court of South Africa – it depicts “justice under a tree” in a contemporary society, embodying the principles of democracy, transparency and community.

The metaphor of “justice under a tree” was adopted by the Constitutional Court in place of the “traditional” western symbols of justice to suggest a shift towards a uniquely South African solution. The tree represents openness and transparency as well as protection and draws on the traditions of trees as being community meeting places.