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

Rape victim speaks on her 10-year battle for justice and why she took the SAPS to ConCourt

Feb 15, 2021 | Edwin Naidu
Sunday Independent

Johannesburg - More than a decade ago in the aftermath of the euphoria around South Africa’s successful hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the dreams of Joburg businesswoman Andy Kawa came crashing down after she was raped in a 15-hour ordeal on a beach in the Eastern Cape.

Prisoners call on watchdog to exercise stronger oversight of their treatment by warders

Feb 15, 2021 | Edwin Naidu
Sunday Independent

Johannesburg - Inmates at two of the country’s maximum-security prisons have called on the watchdog body looking after their interests to exercise stronger oversight against warders, who they claim are acting with impunity in their treatment of prisoners.

Violence and Covid-19 take toll on SA’s prisoners

Feb 09, 2021 | Edwin Naidu
Sunday Independent

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a severe impact on prisoners throughout the country, but far worse are the harrowing accounts of violence against inmates by warders who are meant to be taking care of them.

Outreach & Education