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

Innocence versus the plea deal: How justice fails

Jun 27, 2018 | Azarrah Abdul Karrim
City Press

Lawyers can sometimes bully an accused into signing a deal to save time in court, writes Azarrah Abdul Karrim. At the age of 19, Calvin Moyo left Zimbabwe in search of a better life in South Africa. His siblings were already in the country and his brother took him in.

Report into alleged torture at Free State correctional centre still unpublished

Jun 05, 2018 | 702 Talk Radio
702 Talk Radio

In 2013 Wits Justice Project's Ruth Hopkins uncovered gross human right's violations in Mangaung prison in Bloemfontein, including electroshocking, forced injection with antipsychotic drugs, legnthy segregations  and abuse at the hands of prison warders. 

G4S snared by torture allegations at Bloemfontein jail

Jun 05, 2018

Inmates say they were given electric shocks and forcibly injected at the multinational security company’s Mangaung Correctional Centre, writes Ruth Hopkins

Outreach & Education