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Clause 25: Just administrative action

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Sophie Peters
Everyone has the right to administrative action that is lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair, and the right to be informed in writing. Sophie Peters merges several familiar icons of the administrative and justice system with part of the clause's text into one compact image. The colonnaded front of a neoclassical public government building is a common sight in every city, visible expression of administration. The building's pediment is fused with giant scales that are perfectly balanced as a symbol of prevailing justice. Administration becomes approachable, open and humane through the simple woman in the foreground, representing any one of us, who is handing a letter with her concerns to a sympathetic clerk.

Sophie Peters was born in 1963 in Johannesburg. Her training as an artist and art teacher is closely connected to Cape Town Art Project (CAP) , where she first completed a two year art course and later attended advanced teacher training. Since 1987 she has taught in various art education programmes. She was involved in mural projects in London in 1990 and has exhibited her works in London and Cape Town since 1986.

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