Property 300 x 300, woodcut
|The long clause dealing with the complicated issue of property focuses on two essential points. The first asserts the protection of property, i.e. the right to be protected from arbitrary deprivation of property. Any kind of expropriation must be justified by the public interest and subject to a just and equitable compensation. The second point centres on the nation's commitment to land reform and redress, in the light of past dispossessions of property as a result of racially discriminatory laws. Samkelo Bunu's print relates mostly to this second aspect. He emphasises the responsibility of parliament - represented by the two classical pillars - to enact
legislation, indicated by the loads of papers or bills that are bursting out of the space between the pillars. They are covering, or touching every part of the image, even the cattle in the foreground, which symbolises the land. The simple house on the left, pierced by the meteor-like parliamentary pillar, refers to the government-initiated forced removals of the past
Samkelo Bunu was born in 1972 in Butterworth. He studied Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, where he specialised in print making. He particpated in a student exhibition at the University of Australia in 1992. Samkelo Bunu is currently working at Border Technikon in East London and has recently received the 1996 Merit Award in the Volkskas Bank Atelier Competition.