About Us

Transparency, storytelling, redress & accountability

Viewfinder is an accountability journalism project in South Africa. We do long term investigations into abuses of power which impact on the public interest – specifically as it relates to the need for equality and redress – in post-apartheid South African society. 

Through narrative journalism, documentary filmmaking and inter-newsroom collaborations we make complex findings accessible to audiences across the spectrum of South African news media consumers. We provide our audiences with the knowledge they need to demand accountability from large institutions on the specific abuses of power that we expose. 

Daneel Knoetze, Editor and Reporter

Daneel is the founder and editor of Viewfinder. His reporting focuses on police criminality and the failure of police oversight mechanisms in South Africa. This project launched with a major exposé on the country’s police watchdog in October 2019. He was a fellow with US State Department’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program in 2017/18, during which time he did a professional affiliation at Reveal from the Centre of Investigative Reporting in San Francisco. Previously he worked as a news reporter and a communications officer in the NGO sector. He is a graduate of Rhodes University and is a rock climber on the weekends. LinkedIn. Email: daneel@viewfinder.org.za 

Lindile Mpanza, Reporter

Lindile is a reporter at Viewfinder with over a decade of experience in creative and investigative storytelling in South Africa. She is an award winning journalist and communications practitioner that has served the SABC, eNCA and Carte Blanche. Her accolades include a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA), and a CNN African journalist of the Year Award. Her repertoire includes developing and delivering high-quality content that engages, informs, and impacts audiences.She holds a Journalism and Psychology degree from Rhodes University. She enjoys reading, running, theatre and watching documentaries. LinkedIn. Email: lindile@viewfinder.org.za 

Rachel Strate, Operations and Data Manager

Rachel is the operations and data manager at Viewfinder.  She has worked as an independent consultant for several organisations including the University of Wits and the Cape Innovation Technology Initiative.  Prior to consulting she was the Chief Operating Officer at Code for Africa, leading a global team focused on providing information to the public to promote civic engagement.  She has a decade of experience in organisational management as well as four years in venture capital investment analysis. She holds a Finance degree from the University of Utah and is a self-taught data analyst. Similarly to Daneel she is avid rock climber and outdoor enthusiast. LinkedIn. Email: operations@viewfinder.org.za