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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Editor's Pick: Best Investigative Journalism in Sub-Saharan Africa 2020 includes @viewfinderjourn's investigation into Petrus "Pietman" Miggels' cause of death. Its findings suggest that Miggels died as a result of police assault, & not from natural causes https://buff.ly/3oXMahG

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