An annual report by the Access to Information Network (ATI Network) revealed that nearly half (46%) of access to information requests submitted by ATI Network members were either actively denied or denied as a result of requests being ignored. The ATI Network is comprised of civil society organisations, including: Right2Know, amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Wits Justice Project.
The Wits Justice Project seeks to appoint two journalism interns , based in Johannesburg.
The Western Cape High Court decided on Monday that the conditions in Pollsmoor Remand (awaiting trial) detention facility are unconstitutional. Lawyers for Human Rights and Sonke Gender Justice filed the complaint with the court, claiming that the severe overcrowding – the facility is approximately 300 % over its capacity – and inhumane conditions should be condemned by the court and addressed by government.
"With statistics about official-on-inmate violence currently as clear as mud and the truth hiding in plain sight, only one thing is certain: brutality behind bars appears to be an issue requiring urgent oversight and attention. Meantime, the prison oversight body needs to take a long hard look at its reporting methods which seem to conceal a whole lot more than they reveal."
Congratulations to senior WJP journalist Carolyn Raphaely who was recently awarded a short fellowship by North Western University’s Medill Justice Project (MJP) in Chicago.
Prince Nare, Senior Programme Officer at Just Detention International - South Africa (JDI-SA) recently wrote an article for News24 about an inmate who contracted HIV after being raped behind bars. Read the full article below