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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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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