A Killing in the Winelands

Viewfinder's first documentary film revisits the murder of Letsekang Thokoane, a young shopkeeper, by police during the farm worker strike in De Doorns in 2013. Why were the killers not held accountable? From the scene of the murder in Elubisi township a paper trail leads us to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate's head office in Pretoria to ask this question.

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Police are not held accountable for child killings, watchdog records reveal

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has investigated the killings and deaths in custody of dozens of children since 2012. Almost none of these cases have resulted in convictions. As the justice system moves swiftly on the Nathaniel Julies murder case in Eldorado Park, the police watchdog finds itself at a crossroads. This week IPID’s new head will visit some of the directorate’s provincial offices to give “strategic direction” to ensure that justice is served for police brutality victims and their families. But, can her leadership overcome years of cover-up and dysfunction?

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Parliament failed to vet Cele’s nomination for IPID head

In 2016, the Constitutional Court found that the police minister’s power over the nomination and removal of the IPID head made the police watchdog vulnerable to political manipulation. But, Parliament failed to fully reign in the minister’s powers when it amended the IPID Act last year. Last week, it rubber stamped police minister Bheki Cele’s pick for the IPID head.

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IPID a no-show in Petrus Miggels police assault probe

It has been a month since the police watchdog told Parliament that it would properly investigate allegations that police assaulted Petrus Miggels moments before he died on the first day of lockdown. An investigator has still not returned to the scene of the assault or interviewed key witnesses, according to Miggels’ family.

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NPA and IPID commit to tackling high-level police corruption

The NPA and IPID have recommitted to their collaboration on high-level corruption cases, in response to a report from Viewfinder that the police watchdog had pulled investigators from a joint task team. But, details of the forward going partnership remain vague.

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Police watchdog pulls investigators from State Capture probe

Former officials say that IPID’s recall of two investigators from a task team probing alleged corruption by senior police officers is a ploy to scupper the investigations and to protect former police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane and others from prosecution.

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Artist hopes portrait will haunt police


. @IPID_ZA Boithuso in Free State 06/2017: "Police were shooting with the rubber bullets and the victim who is seven years old got injured on the upper lip and taken to the hospital." there are no rules against indiscriminate rubber bullets use. Read: https://viewfinder.org.za/ten-years-after-andries-tatane-was-killed-police-misuse-of-rubber-bullets-is-still-unchecked/

Latest from Viewfinder: ten years after Andries Tatane's killing, the data shows little accountability for injuries and deaths caused by police's rubber bullets https://viewfinder.org.za/ten-years-after-andries-tatane-was-killed-police-misuse-of-rubber-bullets-is-still-unchecked/ via @viewfinderjourn

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