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 police have reportedly killed more than 900 people since 2012. A new analysis of watchdog statistics suggests that Gauteng police management have stopped disciplining officers implicated in violent crimes altogether.

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Video: The Death of Ishmael Gama

On 1 April 2020, Ishmael Gama was reportedly tortured and killed by police officers in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg. More than a year after his death, and months after the police watchdog implicated eight officers in murder, police management has not acted. But, this is not an unusual scenario. A new Viewfinder analysis of police

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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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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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New findings: Many cops who rape abuse their authority to do so. Most remain on the job, protected by @SAPoliceService discipline failure. One disturbing case from Mpumalanga gives depth to this reality. Read here: https://viewfinder.org.za/cops-who-rape-are-rarely-disciplined-and-stay-on-the-job-watchdog-data-reveals/

Policemen have been accused of nearly 1 000 rapes since 2012. Many of these suspects stand accused of abusing the authority of their positions to aid them in these crimes, a new investigation by @viewfinderjourn has found.

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/viewfinder-cops-who-rape-are-rarely-disciplined-watchdog-data-reveals-many-stay-on-the-job-20210804

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