Edwin Cameron has been a judge in South Africa for the past twenty years and a judge in its highest court, the Constitutional Court, since 2009. He is the author of Witness to AIDS (2005) and Justice - A Personal Account (2014). Justice Edwin Cameron has taken on the effort from his predecessors to champion the Collection since his appointment in 2009. Cameron is the only significant public figure in South Africa to be openly, and as he describes, proudly, gay.

20 Years Later – The Role of Art and Justice in South Africa’s Democracy


At the entrance to the Constitutional Court of South Africa stands a sculpture of a large man yoked to a cart. His burden is a human one: a man and woman who themselves are seated on the back of a fourth figure kneeling on the cart. At first glance, the sculpture resonates with the history of servitude that marked the dehumanizing institution of apartheid. On closer reflection, the sculpture reveals a more complex message. The sculptor, South African artist Dumile Feni, did not create any racial differentiation between the four figures, and the man drawing the cart is the only figure large and strong enough to accomplish this task. The title of the work is History, and the four figures carry each other in a way that reflects the dependence, the interconnectedness and the tension that have always characterized human relationships. Read more…