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

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has initiated a departmental investigation into the alleged involvement of Athlone police Sergeant Giovanni Gabriels in the torture and killing of 36-year-old Adam Isaacs. Isaacs was arrested on suspicion of drug-related crimes by a team of police officers led by Gabriels, and backed up by the army, on 26 January 2020. He was admitted to hospital the following day, and died from blunt force trauma injuries ten days later.

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Watch: Murder in police custody?

In January 2020, the army and police barged into Wasiela Isaacs’ family home in Athlone on the Cape Flats and arrested her son, Adam. Days later, he died in hospital from blunt force trauma injuries. Two years on, as the Isaacs family awaits justice, a Viewfinder and Carte Blanche investigation has revealed that one of

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Did SAPS enable a brutal murder by leaving this problem cop unpunished?

In January 2020, Athlone police Sergeant Giovanni Gabriels led a team of constables in a joint operation with the army. At the time, he already had several watchdog findings for assault against him, and he was on a final written warning. Days after the operation, one of the men arrested, 36-year-old Adam Isaacs, died in

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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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Massive database of killings by police made public

On average, police in South Africa kill someone every day. Viewfinder has now published the police watchdog’s database on these killings, along with other complaints of police brutality and corruption: more than 47,000 such cases registered between 2012 and 2020. A new Police Accountability Tracker dashboard, which houses this data, allows anyone in South Africa

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