Tapes reveal secret workings of police disciplinary hearings for murder and brutality cases

The mother of a dead child has given Viewfinder access to the tapes of a disciplinary hearing of the police officer accused of killing her son. The officer was found not guilty, though the police watchdog had concluded he had a case of “murder” and “misconduct” to answer. The tapes reveal the inner workings of South African Police Service (SAPS) hearings, from which brutality accused officers routinely emerge unpunished, and from which even the police watchdog is excluded.

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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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Police deal with watchdog will protect violent cops

Police arrest a protester at the Siqalo informal settlement near Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. (Photo: Ashraf Hendricks / GroundUp) Police commanders will be empowered to overrule watchdog findings against their colleagues when a new agreement between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) takes effect. The draft agreement was

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Police commissioner Sitole admits that SAPS discipline needs overhaul

National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole has admitted to Parliament that discipline management at the South African Police Service (SAPS) needs to be overhauled. This comes after MPs used findings from a recent Viewfinder investigation to question the SAPS about its continued reluctance

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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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Explainer: The loopholes police use to protect their own from consequence

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. In spite of eyewitness statements detailing the assault and evidence that some of

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Our latest article uncovered a number of cases where police refused to act against cops implicated in violence, even as @NPA_Prosecutes and @IPID_ZA concluded the allegations were justified: http://ow.ly/ZipP50G4H2b

A new investigation by @viewfinderjourn reveals the details of a new deal between the @SAPoliceService & its watchdog, @IPID_ZA. This deal will empower police commanders to veto IPID findings against cops implicated in torture, rape, murder & other crimes. https://buff.ly/3jCXCiS

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