Analysis of Existing Data on Torture in South Africa with Specific Focus on Annual Reports Published by IPID and JICS

Analysis of Existing Data on Torture in South Africa with Specific Focus on Annual Reports Published by IPID and JICS

Currently, there is little information on patterns and trends of torture in South Africa. This research report seeks to fill this gap, analysing annual reports released by two government oversight bodies, namely, the Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services (JICS) and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), over a period of five years (2007 to 2011) to try to understand patterns of torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. This data was also supplemented by interviews with officials from the mentioned oversight bodies.

 

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Prof. Malose Langa is an Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in the School of Community and Human Development, Department of Psychology, at the University of Witwatersrand and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Recompilation.

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