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

‘It Was Him Or Me’: Women Who Killed Their Abusive Partners In Self-Defence

Dec 28, 2017

In South Africa, crime statistics for domestic violence, rape and femicide are through the roof. The crime rate for women as perpetrators, on the other hand, is very low. Only approximately 4000 women, a mere 2.6 % of the total prison population, are behind bars.

Op-Ed: ‘They threw in stun grenades and closed the window’ – a trigger-happy democracy

Dec 22, 2017 | Sumeya Gasa
Daily Maverick

In November, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) launched its report on police brutality during the 2015 and 2016 #FeesMustFall (FMF) protests, titled A Double Harm: Police Misuse of Force and Barriers to Necessary Health Care Services. The report documents use of force by police during the ...

I Was Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison When My Daughter Was 3 Days Old

Dec 06, 2017

Ruth Hopkins's second piece in her four part series on women in prison. She spoke to women incarcerated in Pollsmoor prison in Cape Town and Johannesburg Correctional Centre about how they ended up in prison and how they survive behind bars. This is one of their stories.

Outreach & Education