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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[WEBINAR] Today, SERI together with the @CovidCoalition Anti-Repression Working group will be hosting a webinar to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the #MarikanaMassacre. We will reflect on the unlearned lessons and the lack of justice and accountability.


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