Torture said to be widespread in South Africa

Many people who report torture don't see any result, says Dominique DIx-Peek of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (Photo:http://venitism.blogspot.com )

Many people who report torture don’t see any result, says Dominique DIx-Peek of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (Photo: venitism.blogspot.com)

In “The Hidden world of torture”, Thalia Holmes of the Mail & Guardian writes that torture has not been confined to South Africa’s apartheid past and that it continues to be a problem today. Holmes speaks to poor South Africans who say they have been tortured by police officers. Her article also discusses the alleged use of more sophisticated torture techniques which leave no physical marks on victims, the under-reporting of torture, and the obstacles which prevent victims of low socio-economic status from getting justice.

Read more and watch interviews with people who claim to have been tortured.

Have you been tortured by state officials such as police or prison warders? Let us know. The Wits Justice Project investigates such abuses and miscarriages of justice.

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