Spotlight on South Africa’s police brutality problem


Allegations of police brutality have risen since the early stages of lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) recorded 376 cases and 10 deaths linked to lockdown enforcement. But in early June, Police Minister Bheki Cele denied that there is police brutality in South Africa. He made the claim while referring to the killing of George Floyd by police in the United States.

This seminar will present preliminary results of an investigation into some of the more than 40 000 cases lodged with IPID since 2012/13, and what this shows about police use of force in South Africa.

Chair: Lauren Tracey-Temba, Research Consultant, ISS


Daneel Knoetze, Editor, Viewfinder accountability journalism project

Wayne Ncube, Head, Strategic Litigation Programme and Acting Deputy Director, Lawyers for Human Rights

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