Police Accountability Tracker: search your police station now

Viewfinder’s Police Accountability Tracker is an interface to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate's (IPID) database of more than 47,000 complaints registered against the police between April 2012 and March 2020. Users can use the filters to home in on any police station for an overview of cases registered there. Users can also locate any individual case for a "progress report", as at March 2020. The data demonstrates that police officers implicated in violent crimes routinely escape accountability.

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How SAPS protects the killers within its ranks

Every year, police in South Africa kill hundreds of people and are accused of brutalising thousands more. A new investigation by Viewfinder has revealed that the killings and brutality are enabled by police management’s reluctance to discipline officers accused of wrongdoing in these cases. This is true even when watchdog investigations conclude that these officers

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Have SAPS commanders ignored instructions to discipline brutal cops? Upington death in custody raises questions.

After sustained criticism in Parliament this year, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has issued a circular to call out its commanders for their “inaction” and “reluctance” when officers under their command are implicated in serious crimes. Issued on 8 October, the circular warns that police supervisors who fail to act “promptly” in such cases

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Latest from this investigation

Gauteng police have killed hundreds, but SAPS leave brutal cops unchecked

During the first week of Covid-19 lockdown last year, Ishmael Gama died in custody at Lenasia police station. In March, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) recommended that police management discipline eight officers implicated in Gama’s torture and killing. Months later, the police are yet to do so. Gama’s case is typical in Gauteng, where

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#VukaniMaAfrika – It’s time to speak up

Viewfinder recently exposed how SAPS protects police officers from consequences when they unlawfully kill or abuse people. But, this story plays out in a thousand police stations across South Africa, every day. As we drill down, should we be focusing on your local police station? What are your experiences and questions about police abuses and accountability in your

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Video: The Death of Phindile Ramncwana

On 1 June 2014, a group of police officers in a rural Eastern Cape township were accused of beating a man so badly that they broke his ribs and ruptured his small intestine. Phindile Ramncwana, 52, died from his injuries shortly thereafter.

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Police commissioner Sitole admits that SAPS discipline needs overhaul

National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole has admitted to Parliament that discipline management at the South African Police Service (SAPS) needs to be overhauled. This comes after MPs used findings from a recent Viewfinder investigation to question the SAPS about its continued reluctance

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The crusading investigative work that @viewfinderjourn has done on the excesses of the @SAPoliceService keeps it on our list for a second year running.

Their presence on the GIJN list is not just related to this single story. https://viewfinder.org.za/massive-database-of-killings-by-police-made-public/

Editor's Pick 2021: Best Investigative Stories (Sub-Saharan Africa) — @viewfinderjourn's consistent reporting on the excesses of South Africa's Police Service (SAPS) makes our list. The organization also runs a Police Accountability Tracker. https://buff.ly/3t5tUIc @luminategroup

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