Thato Op Ed 23 OCTOn Wednesday, 23 October 2019, The Daily Maverick published an op-ed by SERI researcher Thato Masiangoako about the recent allegations by Viewfinder against the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). The op-ed considers the allegations against IPID and its initial responses to those allegations when it presented its annual report to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police on Thursday, 11 October 2019. IPID is accused of prematurely closing cases without proper investigation in order to inflate its performance statistics.

Masiangoako argues that: "such systemic dereliction leaves victims of crimes committed by police officials with no justice or closure. If the South African Police Services (SAPS) is to be meaningfully reformed then IPID and related bodies such as the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) need to be supported."

She goes on to argue that these allegations "not only expose institutional malpractice but also shed light on how the broader structure in which IPID operates reflects a lack of regard for police accountability and reform, even after Marikana." 

Despite IPID's investigation, the NPA has only prosecuted nine police officers and 16 mineworkers in connection to the deaths that occurred on 12 August 2012, in the lead up to the Marikana Massacre. They are yet to prosecute for the deaths that took place on 16 August 2012. 

  • Read the full op-ed here.
  • To learn more about holding the police accountable, read a workshop report on Police Accountability here.
  • Read the executive summary of the workshop report here.