The police watchdog Ipid has been prematurely closing cases without proper investigations just to meet targets and attract more funding, reveals investigative journalists.
Investigative journalism unit Viewfinder and EWN have released an exposé on the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.
Bongani Bingwa talks to Viewfinder reporter Daneel Knoetze to shed more light on the findings.
He says the investigation revealed that South Africans lodged 42 000 criminal complaints against the police between 2012 and 2019 and there were only 531 convictions.
What my piece tries to unpack is that police accountability is a complex thing that relies on many stakeholders in the criminal justice system. We can't blame Ipid exclusively for the low conviction rate.— Daneel Knoetze, Reporter - Viewfinder
He says the National Prosecutions Authority also declines to prosecute many of its cases.
Ipid has been trying to obfuscate and manipulate the statistics to show that they were performing at a higher level when in fact, there is a very low conviction rate and that shows us there is no accountability.— Daneel Knoetze, Reporter - Viewfinder
Listen below to the full interview: