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

I Met with Martin Luther King Minutes Before He Was Murdered

Apr 04, 2017 | Ruth Hopkins

He was the only man with the power to unite my militant black power group and his civil rights movement. Then, 49 years ago today, a single bullet changed history. By John Burl Smith, as told to Ruth Hopkins 

Five wrongfully convicted men, one judge, no compensation from the State

Apr 04, 2017 | Carolyn Raphaely
The Star, Daily Maveriick

Thanks to the combined efforts of the Wits Justice Project, human rights attorney Egon Oswald, advocate Carol Steinberg and wrongfully convicted co-accused Thembekile Molaudzi, two men have left prison carrying little else besides a heavy burden of betrayal by the criminal justice system. 

South African 'Serial' podcast starts with a bloody ‘90s heist and ramps up from there

Mar 06, 2017 | Paul McNally
The Daily Maverivk

The year is 1994, a few weeks before South Africa’s first democratic election, and two security guards are murdered at a Checkers supermarket. One man is convicted, Anthony De Vries, and after 17 years in prison he still claims to be innocent. An eight-part podcast called Alibi  will explore if ...

Outreach & Education