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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Watch: Reading crisis

Teaching children to read is fundamental to their future success. But for a country already battling massive youth unemployment and an adult literacy crisis, it’s emerged that close to 80% of Grade 4 learners cannot read with understanding in any of the 11 official languages. Government has warned of the crisis and, in 2019, President

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Watch: Marikana’s long shadow

This month marks 10 years since the massacre at Marikana, where police shot and killed 34 striking miners. Despite the findings of an independent inquiry, no one within the police has been held accountable. Yet, evidence suggests police abuses didn’t end on the day of the shooting. In the weeks after the massacre, scores of

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Wrist slap for police commander who ignored torture allegations

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Watch: Cracks in the façade

Police brutality – including allegations of torture – has been exposed in several Carte Blanche exposés in recent months. Now, a police insider breaks through the ‘blue wall of silence’, detailing the habitual brutality and non-accountability at their police station. “It takes someone that is evil to do what was done that night”, the whistle-blower

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SAPS probes notorious cop and his former boss in test case for police accountability

A screengrab from Viewfinder’s production for Carte Blanche which aired on 30 January. Police commissioner Khehla Sitole has announced that departmental investigations are underway into Sergeant Giovanni Gabriels (right) and his former boss Athlone station commander Colonel Mark Adonis (left). The South African Police Service (SAPS) has initiated a departmental investigation into the alleged involvement

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