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 should be disciplined. Given free rein to re-offend, problem officers may become emboldened. For their victims, the consequences can be dire.

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Viewfinder responds to Minister Cele: broken police discipline costs the poor dearly, but it can be fixed

Police minister Bheki Cele has brushed off the findings of Viewfinder’s exposé on police management’s failure to discipline officers implicated in cases of brutality and even murder. In doing so, the minister ignored key facts about our investigation and about the ill health of police oversight in South Africa. In this article, Viewfinder responds to minister Cele to set the record straight.

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Police watchdog pulls investigators from State Capture probe

Former officials say that IPID’s recall of two investigators from a task team probing alleged corruption by senior police officers is a ploy to scupper the investigations and to protect former police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane and others from prosecution.

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IPID recommits to improve, but targets which reward poor investigations remain

The police watchdog’s commitment to better case management practices has gone half-way. But, with political will and proper oversight, there is always the possibility for IPID to implement better performance indicators. Meanwhile, the full effect of funding shortfalls at IPID was laid bare at Wednesday’s meeting with Parliament.

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Slain Alex man’s case highlights police and army oversight failings

Collins Khosa was allegedly beaten to death by soldiers enforcing lockdown regulations in Alexandra township in April. Now, his family has approached the High Court in Pretoria for a wide ranging order to curtail abuses by police and military, and to improve oversight. The court bid touches on long standing failings of South Africa’s police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

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The black experience of @SAPoliceService violence is the story of working class, marginalised victims going against a system where accountability is a long road/unheard of. More than 47,000 criminal complaints were registered with @IPID_ZA against #SAPS between 2012 & March 2020.

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