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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“I was furious” – former Police Committee chair reacts to IPID cover-up

Annelize van Wyk regrets that Parliament didn’t sufficiently hold police watchdog to account

By Daneel Knoetze - 24 October 2019
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Viewfinder responds to Robert McBride

McBride’s critique of our exposé was surprising. He is on record agreeing with some of our article’s most important takeaways.

By Daneel Knoetze - 18 October 2019
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Police watchdog: report on statistical manipulation allegations due next week

IPID accounts to Parliament

By Daneel Knoetze - 10 October 2019
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IPID scrambles to contain fall-out ahead of Parliament appearance

Watchdog to present annual report on Thursday following findings of statistical manipulation

By Daneel Knoetze - 10 October 2019

Month’s end at IPID: A time for “killing files”?

The police watchdog completes a suspiciously large number of cases on certain dates

By Daneel Knoetze and Laura Grant - 8 October 2019
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Key takeaways: IPID’s cover-up of police brutality

There were over 42,000 criminal complaints against the police from April 2012 to March 2019, and only 531 successful prosecutions

By Daneel Knoetze - 7 October 2019
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Viewfinder: IPID’s cover-up of police brutality in SA

Public records, government data, whistleblowers and victim testimony have converged to show how crimes by police officers have not been investigated properly

By Daneel Knoetze - 7 October 2019