Viewfinder

Viewfinder is a new accountability journalism project, incubated in GroundUp but intending to become its own independent publication in time. Viewfinder does 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.

Viewfinder's first exposé, launched in October 2019, shows how IPID, the police watchdog, has failed to properly investigate serious complaints against the police, including rape and assault. Yet IPID has manipulated statistics to give the impression that has investigated these allegations.

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IPID a no-show in Petrus Miggels police assault probe

Investigator has still not returned to the scene of the assault or interviewed key witnesses, according to Miggels’ family

By Daneel Knoetze - 10 June 2020

NPA and IPID commit to tackling high-level police corruption

This comes after two investigators were pulled from task team

By Daneel Knoetze - 29 May 2020

Police watchdog promises to improve, but controversial targets remain

Funding shortfalls call into question IPID’s ability to fulfil its mandate

By Daneel Knoetze - 14 May 2020
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IPID reopens Miggels case as police brutality complaints spike during lockdown

“Even though we know that nothing will bring him back, this is still welcome news” says step-daughter

By Daneel Knoetze - 8 May 2020
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Covid-19: Slain Alex man’s case highlights failures of police and army watchdogs

Many allegations that accountability has got worse during lockdown

By Daneel Knoetze - 6 May 2020
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Details of two additional alleged lockdown killings by police revealed

Police were accused of killing five people during the enforcement of the first three weeks of Covid-19 lockdown

By Daneel Knoetze - 30 April 2020
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Covid-19: Police watchdog investigation of first lockdown death reveals deep flaws

“How can they say that he just dropped dead?” asks his stepdaughter after witnesses describe how Petrus Miggels was beaten by police

By Daneel Knoetze - 29 April 2020
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Covid-19: Lockdown creates ripe pickings for corrupt police

Revealed: A staggering range of police corruption

By Daneel Knoetze - 15 April 2020
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IPID records six alleged killings by police in first week of lockdown

IPID is also investigating 13 complaints related to shootings and 14 assault cases

By Daneel Knoetze - 3 April 2020
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Police kill three people in three days of lockdown. This is normal for South Africa

Lockdown exposes police brutality that has always been widespread and routine

By Daneel Knoetze - 1 April 2020
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IPID suspensions aim to thwart police corruption investigations, say former officials

IPID’s new head has suspended a number of officials, including national head of investigations Matthews Sesoko

By Daneel Knoetze - 11 March 2020
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Police watchdog commits to major policy change

IPID will prioritise investigating the most serious allegations against officers

By Daneel Knoetze - 27 February 2020
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IPID should focus on worst criminal cops, says expert report

By its own admission, the police watchdog does not have the resources to properly investigate all the cases in its workload

By Daneel Knoetze - 25 February 2020
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Evidence of IPID cover-up mounts, but Joemat-Pettersson declines to act

Auditor-General warned police watchdog against manipulating statistics in 2017

By Daneel Knoetze - 5 December 2019
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IPID executive acknowledges that system has been abused

Directorate misses Parliamentary deadline

By Karabo Mafolo - 27 November 2019
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Murder, rape and torture by police officers. Did IPID even investigate?

IPID used a category called “special closure” to close hundreds of such cases

By Daneel Knoetze - 18 November 2019