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

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 ...

Op-Ed: Mayhem and management in SA’s prisons

Mar 06, 2017 | Carolyn Raphaely
The Daily Maverick, The Star

Anyone who still thinks SA’s prisons are luxury hotels should think again – particularly about the underlying reasons why inmates died, warders were critically injured and cells set alight during rioting at Leeuwkop, Krugersdorp, St Albans and Johannesburg (Sun City) prisons late last year.

Breaking the Silence of Lynchings in America

Feb 14, 2017 | Ruth Hopkins
The Conmag

Ruth examines America’s repugnant history of lynchings and a project to remember its victims. A timely reminder of where we must refuse to return to. 

Outreach & Education