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The Wits Justice Project will investigate cases of wrongfully convicted and awaiting trial prisoners, with a focus on courts, the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) and correctional centers within the country. We will also focus on prison conditions, unlawful arrests and allegations of torture.

We are not a legal firm, we are a group of journalists and researchers. We are offering legal information rather than legal advice. Please consult a qualified lawyer or paralegal if you need legal advice.

The Wits Justice Project may investigate a case if:

  1. There is reasonable evidence of a wrongful conviction.
  2. An inmate’s rights have been violated.
  3. An inmate has been in remand detention for more than two years.
  4. There is new evidence that has become available and can be investigated.
  5. If all legal channels and options have been exhausted.

The Wits Justice Project may not investigate a case if:

  1. The inmate is incarcerated further than 100km away from Johannesburg.
  2. It is a conviction for rape or sexual assault, unless there is DNA evidence that can be challenged.
  3. The inmate only wants to challenge the sentence, and not the conviction.

If you satisfy these criteria, send us a letter to:

Wits Justice Project
Private Bag X3
Wits University
2050
Or Fax: +27 11 717 4081

Fill out and attach this Application Form to your letter

If you do not satisfy these criteria, here is a list of organisations that may be able to assist you:

Legal Aid South Africa Head Office
Private Bag x76
Braamfontein
Johannesburg
2017

The Office of the Inspecting Judge
Private Bag X9177
Cape Town 8000

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
National Office
Private Bag x81
Pretoria
0001

The Human Rights Commission
Private Bag X2700
Houghton
Johannesburg

2041

South African Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights (SAPOHR)
P.O Box 61715
Marshalltown
Johannesburg

2107

ProBono.Org 
1st Floor West Wing
Women’s Jail
Constitution Hill
1 Kotze Street
Braamfontein
Johannesburg
2001

The Public Protector South Africa
Lara’s Place
186 Bree Street
Corner Bree and Rissk Street
Johannesburg
2000

Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)
20th Floor
Marble Towers Building
NO. 208-212 Jeppe Street
Johannesburg

Wits Law Clinic
1 Jan Smuts Ave
Braamfontein
Johannesburg
South Africa