wits justice project

The Wits Justice Project investigates miscarriages of justice and raises awareness of issues within the criminal justice system with an aim to advocate for change, strengthen procedures and build on reform efforts. This is achieved through investigative journalism, advocacy, research and education.

Investigative Journalism

Lifers, Riots and Parole

Daily Maverick

At the start of this month, prison guards at Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria injured inmates sentenced to life who were protesting against the delays in their parole processes. The Wits Justice Project (WJP) has seen pictures of four prisoners with head wounds and large bruises on their limbs.

To grant bail or not to grant bail

Jul 11, 2017 | Azarrah Karrim
Saturday Star

The pending review of SA's bail laws mustn’t add to the woes of our already overburdened prison system, writes Azarrah Karrim. Saturday Star

Even today, Ahmed Timol’s torture case sounds frighteningly familiar

Jul 03, 2017 | Azarrah Abdul Karrim
Daily Maverick

The inquest into Ahmed Timol’s death is important in the context of South African history as it provides an opportunity for us to understand the sacrifices past generations have made for this country so that we may improve it today. However, it also forces us to look at the use of torture in ...

Outreach & Education