This report answers the question as to why a witness protection programme is necessary in South Africa. It offers a brief evaluation of witness protection in South Africa up to and including the Goldstone Commission's witness protection programme. Thereafter, it examines some of the broader issues that need to be taken into account with the conceptualisation and establishment of such an initiative. The ultimate object of this paper is to provide concrete recommendations, suggestions and potential solutions to the various problems raised.
Keeping the Wolves at Bay_ Issues and concerns in establishing a witness protection programme in South Africa
Gareth Newham is the former Senior Project manager at the criminal justice program at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). He obtained his Masters in Management, Public and Development Management from The University of the Witwatersrand, Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Research Methodology Social Sciences from The Stellenbosch University and his Honours in Political Studies Social Sciences from The University of Cape Town.