About Us

Transparency, storytelling, redress & accountability

Viewfinder is an accountability journalism project in South Africa. We do long term investigations into abuses of power which impact on the public interest – specifically as it relates to the need for equality and redress – in post-apartheid South African society. 

Through narrative journalism, documentary filmmaking and inter-newsroom collaborations we make complex findings accessible to audiences across the spectrum of South African news media consumers. We provide our audiences with the knowledge they need to demand accountability from large institutions on the specific abuses of power that we expose. 

Daneel Knoetze, Editor and Reporter

Daneel is the founder and editor of Viewfinder. His reporting focuses on police criminality and the failure of police oversight mechanisms in South Africa. This project launched with a major exposé on the country’s police watchdog in October 2019. He was a fellow with US State Department’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program in 2017/18, during which time he did a professional affiliation at Reveal from the Centre of Investigative Reporting in San Francisco. Previously he worked as a news reporter and a communications officer in the NGO sector. He is a graduate of Rhodes University and is a rock climber on the weekends. LinkedIn. Email: daneel@viewfinder.org.za