Artworks Committee

Last updated: 7 June 2021

The Artworks Committee decides on artwork donation proposals, and oversees the curation, conservation and other matters pertaining to the CCAC. The Committee is chaired by a judge of the Constitutional Court and includes another judge of the Court, also including four external experts who generously volunteer their time. The Justices ensure that the CCAC aligns with the Constitution and the work of the Court, whilst the external members bring visual arts expertise to the Committee.

Current Committee members

Justice Sisi Khampepe (Chairperson)
Justice Sisi Khampepe obtained her BProc degree from the University of Zululand in 1980 and subsequently obtained her LLM degree at Harvard Law School in 1982. Between 1981 and 1983, she served as a fellow at the Legal Resources Centre. In 1983 she joined Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys as a candidate attorney. After being admitted as an attorney in 1985, she established her own law firm. In 1995, she was appointed by former President Mandela as a TRC commissioner and in the following year she became a member of the TRC’s Amnesty Committee. In 2004, she was appointed to oversee the elections in Zimbabwe. Between April 2005 and February 2006, she was appointed to chair the Commission of Inquiry into the mandate and location of the Directorate of Special Operation. In February 2006, she was seconded as a member of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Uganda. She is currently a justice of the Constitutional Court, a position she took up in October 2009. She joined the Artworks Committee in 2012, of which she became chairperson early 2015.

Justice Nonkosi Mhlantla
Justice Nonkosi Mhlantla obtained her BProc at the University of Limpopo in 1987. Prior to her appointment to the bench of the Constitutional Court of South Africa in December 2015, Justice Mhlantla served as a judge of the Eastern Cape High Court from 2002 until 2008, judge of the Competition Appeal Court from 2005 to 2008, acting judge at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) from 2007 until November 2008, and was appointed as a judge of the SCA in 2009 where she served until November 2015. She joined the Artworks Committee in 2016.

Melissa Goba (external)
Melissa Goba is a Soweto-born artist, writer, curator and producer. She holds a Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and is working towards the finalisation of a Masters in History of Art. As a writer Goba has written for various publications including Art South Africa, Elle and Spana! Goba has co-curated various projects including Jive Soweto! (A Homage to Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and Soweto), the MTN New Contemporaries, Domestic and SPace: Currencies in Contemporary African Art (which formed part of the cultural programming during the FIFA 2010 World Cup). Goba consulted for Murray & Roberts on the start of their art collection which features works made by South African women artists, also consulting for artist awards, collections and presentations including the Standard Bank Young Artist Award, ABSA L’atelier Award, SASOL Wax Award, the Johannesburg Art Gallery collection, the Telkom Art Collection, South Africa's offering at the Venice Biennale and the Joburg Fringe. Goba also served as the Chairperson of the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT). She recently returned to the art making process and is currently using the technique of abstraction to explore narratives around the origin of myths as they relate to current racial and political identities. One of her projects entails tracing her lineage to various areas outside of Africa including Europe and the Americas. This project intends to re-enact significant historical moments as an attempt at redress. Goba served as curator of the CCAC from 2016 to 2018. She has been part of the Artworks Committee in a voluntary capacity since 2018.

Stacey Vorster (external)
Stacey Vorster is a lecturer, curator and PhD Researcher currently based at the University of Amsterdam. From 2012–2016 she was the curator of the CCAC. This experience shaped the topic of her PhD in Cultural Analysis, which takes the relationships between art and justice to explore curatorial possibilities in post-apartheid South Africa. Vorster completed an MA in History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 2012, where she researched curatorial practice in contemporary African art. She has worked at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, where she initiated archival and research projects, and curated exhibitions including Pedagogy (2011). Previously she worked on a number of public art projects at the Trinity Session in Johannesburg with Marcus Neustetter and Stephen Hobbs. Her research interests include post- and de-colonial theory, human rights, ethics, curating and exhibition histories, trauma and memory, museum and archival theory and practice. She has been part of the Artworks Committee in a voluntary capacity since end 2016.

Tiffany de Waynecourt-Steele (external)
Tiffany de Waynecourt-Steele is a South African barrister and UK solicitor with an art law practice in Geneva, Switzerland. She read a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Master of Philosophy (with distinction) at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. Before that, she studied law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. She was a law clerk on the first bench of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, clerking for Justice Zak Yacoob between 1998–1999. Prior to practicing at the Bar in Johannesburg from 2005 to 2008, she was a staff attorney at the Claims Resolution Tribunal in Zurich, adjudicating the claims of victims of the holocaust to Swiss Bank accounts. That position was preceded by an internship at UNHCR, London. She returned to Switzerland in 2008, where she worked in international commercial arbitration as well as in private client at various Swiss-based law firms including Baker & McKenzie and Anaford Attorneys. In 2019, she founded a law practice based in Geneva, focused on the intersection of private client law, art law transactions and disputes. Tiffany is a professional advisor to the international art market and a member of the Art Law Foundation in Geneva. She joined the Artworks Committee in 2021.

Tshegofatso Mabaso (external)
Tshegofatso Mabaso is a curator, researcher and artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently the curator of contemporary art at the Iziko South African National Gallery. Mabaso holds an MA in Art History. In her practice, she is interested in experimental approaches to knowledge production, exploring new curatorial methods and imagining new forms, whether for exhibitions, collections, or institutions. Collaboration influences her thinking, drawing on the wealth of knowledge and approaches collectives have offered us historically. Notable recent projects include The Art of Lithography: A Collaborative Expression of LL Editions (2018) at Wits Art Museum; the Minding Our Business podcast (2018/2019) in collaboration with VANSA; and counting (2019) at Johannesburg Art Gallery. Mabaso joined the Artworks Committee in 2021.

Catherine Kennedy (ex officio)
Catherine Kennedy works as an archival and civil society consultant. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Library and Information Studies (UCT) and a University of KwaZulu Natal (Pietermaritzburg) Bachelor of Arts degree. She has been working as the trust manager of the Constitutional Court Trust since 2018 and currently consults for the Javett Foundation, a philanthropic organisation which focuses on education, culture and the arts. Kennedy was the director of the South African History Archive from 2009 to 2016, served on the board of GALA, a queer activist archive from 2009–2020, and joined the board of the Javett Art Center at the University of Pretoria in 2020. She has provided short term archival consultancy in various conflict and post-conflict contexts over the past decade, and currently consults on a human rights archive project in Zimbabwe. She joined the Artworks Committee ex officio in 2018.

Emeritus members

A member emeritus is nominated and elected by the Artworks Committee in recognition of having served the Committee with distinction as a current or former member of the Committee who has served for at least eight years and made significant contributions through volunteer or advocacy activities.

Justice Albie Sachs (retired)
Albie Sachs completed BA LLB at the University of Cape Town and later a PhD at the University of Sussex. Sachs started his law career as an advocate at the Cape Bar in 1957. After being detained in solitary confinement for two long spells for his anti-apartheid activism, he went into exile in 1966. During 11 years helping to build a new legal system in newly independent Mozambique, he became deeply involved with the arts community and the production of public murals there. He was a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the ANC and took an active part in the negotiations which led to South Africa becoming a constitutional democracy. He served as a judge at the Constitutional Court of South Africa between 1994–2009. He and former Justice Yvonne Mokgoro played a seminal role in the development of the Constitutional Court building and the CCAC, forming part of the then Architectural Artworks Programme Committee that steered the artistic interventions that distinguishes this building. Sachs became member emeritus in 2021 and remains continually dedicated to the promotion of the CCAC.

Justice Edwin Cameron (retired)
Edwin Cameron attended Stellenbosch University where he obtained a BA Law and an Honours degree in Latin. He lectured in Latin and Classical Studies before studying as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where he obtained a BA in Jurisprudence and a BCL. Cameron received his LLB from the University of South Africa. Cameron practised at the Johannesburg Bar from 1983 to 1994. From 1986 he was a human rights lawyer based at Wits University's Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), where he was awarded a personal professorship in law. In 1994 he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela as an acting judge of the High Court. He was appointed permanently to the Witwatersrand Local Division in 1995. In 1999, Cameron was given an acting stint on the Constitutional Court, and later appointed to the Supreme Court of Appeal where he served for eight years. Cameron served on the Constitutional Court bench from 2009 to 2019. He is a HIV/AIDS and LGBTI activist. Cameron is currently appointed as the inspecting judge of correctional services and serves as Chancellor of Stellenbosch University and as a trustee of the Constitutional Court Trust. He served on the Artworks Committee as member from 2010 until he became member emeritus in 2021.

Carol Steinberg SC
Carol Steinberg is an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar. Before being called to the Bar in 2006, she worked in arts and culture as a playwright, academic, and activist. She has numerous published plays and academic articles about South African theatre, and was a founding member of the Performing Arts Workers Equity. Carol was a senior member of the national Department of Arts and Culture at its inception in 1994 and was later advisor to the Minister of Arts and Culture. She was involved from the year 2000 as member of the then Architectural Artworks Programme Committee that steered the artistic interventions that distinguishes the Constitutional Court building, and remained actively involved as voluntary member of the Artworks Committee up to 2021, at which point she became member emeritus.

Prof Karel Nel
Karel Nel worked closely with Albie Sachs from 1997 on the CCAC prior to the building of the Constitutional Court and joined the then Architectural Artworks Programme Committee in 2000. He remained actively involved as voluntary member of the Artworks Committee up to 2021, at which point he became member emeritus. He studied Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; St Martin's School of Art, London, and the University of California, Berkeley. He currently lives and works in Johannesburg as an artist and curator. Nel has completed numerous artist residencies, commissions, publications, and exhibitions both locally and internationally over four active decades. His work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and the British Museum, London as well as in Southern African museums and corporate and private art collections. In 2004, Nel was appointed as the resident artist of COSMOS, an international consortium of astronomers mapping a two square degree field of the universe, and in 2012 he participated in African Cosmos, Stellar Arts: African Cultural Astronomy from Antiquity to the Present at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. In 2017, his work was included in South Africa: the art of the nation exhibition at the British Museum. Nel served as Associate Professor at the School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand until 2017. In 2018 he took up the post of Senior Adjunct Curator at the newly-opened Norval Foundation in Cape Town. Here he has curated major retrospective exhibitions of the work of Sydney Kumalo, Ezrom Legae, Eduardo Villa, David Goldblatt, the sculpture of William Kentridge and of Jackson Hlungwani.

Janina Masojada
Janina Masojada studied for her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Natal and obtained her Masters of Architecture at MIT in Boston, USA in 1989. Masojada was a founding partner of designworkshop:sa, the Durban-based architectural design practice, alongside business partner Andrew Makin, who won the international competition held for the design of the new Constitutional Court building, as awarded by President Nelson Mandela in 1998. The scope of their appointment included the masterplan and urban design of Constitution Hill, and both the architecture and interior fit-out of the Court. As an extension of the design objectives, Masojada led the collaborative and inclusionary design development process and integration of work by artists and craftspersons into the fabric of the building, recognised as forming part of the CCAC. The team have received several national and international accolades, with Awards of Excellence for the Court, the highest level of acknowledgment from the South African Institute of Architects, in addition to development, hospitality, residential and commercial projects. No longer active in architectural practice, Masojada continues her involvement with the visual arts and creative processes. After serving the Artworks Committee, also the Constitutional Court's Building Committee, in a voluntary capacity for many years, she became member emeritus in 2021.

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Assistant curators Francois Lion-Cachet and Thina Miya report and present to the Committee.

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Screenshot of the Artworks Committee's May 2021 meeting where new members Tiffany de Waynecourt-Steele and Tshegofatso Mabaso were welcomed. The meeting was chaired by Justice Nonkosi Mhlantla. Also present was newly instituted emeritus members Justices Albie Sachs and Edwin Cameron, Prof Karel Nel, Carol Steinberg SC and Janina Masojada. Melissa Goba and Stacey Vorster weren't able to join. Also present were Catherine Kennedy, Constitutional Court Trust manager, and CCAC assistant curators Francois Lion-Cachet and Thina Miya and curatorial intern Neo Diseko.

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The CCAC is owned, managed and cared for by the Constitutional Court Trust