n Without Prejudice - The Fruits of Labour - constitutional court art collection/cover

Volume 19 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1681-178X


Jan du Toit (1974 - ) was a student at the Foundation School of Art in Observatory when he completed this work The Fruits of Labour in 1997. He had grown up on a farm in Tulbagh in the Western Cape and wanted to find a way to represent the lives of farm workers in the area. The bowl on the top of the sculpture contains several objects that suggest the meagre rewards for a lifetime of labour on the wine and fruit farms in the Western Cape: a thick slice of bread, a plug of tobacco and a dop beker (representing the notorious dop system of payment in the form of alcohol to workers on wine farms). Aptly, 1 May 2019, Workers’ Day, pays homage to the working class of the nation.

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