Whenever a police officer is implicated in a crime, a disciplinary hearing is key to restoring accountability and integrity within the service. In May 2021, National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole admitted to Parliament that discipline management within the South African Police Service needed an overhaul. With police disciplinary hearings happening behind closed doors, could the procedures be manipulated to protect violent accused police officers from consequence? With unprecedented access to the recordings from one such hearing for murder, Viewfinder partners with Carte Blanche to investigate allegations that a disciplinary hearing whitewash led to a cop implicated in the murder of a fifteen-year-old boy being found “not guilty”.
This story was produced by Viewfinder and aired on Carte Blanche on 8 August 2021.