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

25 years later: men confront person responsible for their 19 years in jail

Nov 05, 2017

In 1992 two men were jailed for 19 years for a violent crime they did not commit. This year they confronted the security policeman who had them arrested


Gang versus gang

Oct 30, 2017 | Azarrah Karrim and Sumeya Gasa
The City Press

The line between legitimacy and vigilantism has been blurred as prisoners accuse the fear free life group, established to alleviate drugs and gangsterism in prisons, of allegedly operating much like a gang in some Gauteng prisons.


Timol inquest highlights striking similarities to present day South Africa

Oct 16, 2017 | Timol inquest highlights striking similarities to present day South Africa
Mail and Guardian

The Wits Justice Project (WJP) spoke to two activists who were tortured during apartheid and to two people who were victims of torture after 1994. Their stories are chillingly similar and point to a continuing and systemic indifference to this very grave human rights violation.


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