South Africa’s most famous ex-prisoner wrote in his autobiography that “no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails”. In this factsheet, we provide data to show what’s going on inside South African prisons.
It is important that we remember the sacrifices older generations have made for South Africa, but in order to truly heal we need to recognise and acknowledge the pain we all feel and the burden we carry from our past.
The Wits Justice Project seeks to appoint a Journalism Intern, based in Johannesburg.
Sonke Gender Justice lament lack of forward thinking in Government's Response to Pollsmoor Judgement
Sonke Gender Justice have sent an answering affidavit to the Government's response to the Western Cape High Court on their Pollsmoor court order, saying that more needs to be done with regard to the inhumane conditions that exist which can't be addressed by simply reducing overcrowding.
The three men accused of the Rhodes Park attacks in Johannesburg have been sentenced, but has the large media attention surrounding the case put pressure on the judge to perform?
First time offender sent to prison for three days for stealing a packet of bubble-gum worth R68 at a garage
A first-timer's perspective on the magistrates court in Johannesburg, and understanding how magistrates put pressure on remand detention facilities
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.