In the hilly land to the north of Johannesburg, on the wall opposite the Bench in the Constitutional Court of South Africa, nestled within the Old Prison Fort where Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were once imprisoned, the bricks are red, dirty and unpainted.
Each time the Bench convenes, and as the judges face the counsels, the red, dirty and unpainted brick wall stares at them silently but powerfully.
These are bricks taken from prison cells of the old fort. The wall serves as an everpresent reminder to the sitting judges that the decisions they make, if made wrongly, may bring back the dark days of the Apartheid regime.
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