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Initiative recipient country/countries: South Africa
Initiative dates: 2020 –
Last updated: 8 March 2022
The Veza online tool is an open data platform developed by Corruption Watch with the goal of improving transparency and accountability in the South African Police Service (SAPS). At Corruption Watch, we understand the need to find innovative solutions to address the culture of corruption in the SAPS, which often allows police officers to abuse their power and operate under a veil of secrecy.
Strengthening accountability and transparency mechanisms in our police service is important in the overall effort to combat corruption and break the cycle of impunity in South Africa.
After many years of collecting whistle-blower complaints on police corruption, as well as engaging communities across the country on their experiences of police violence and abuse, our team developed an idea that would potentially reduce the power imbalance that exists between the SAPS and members of the public.
Introducing Veza (a colloquial term for ‘reveal’ or ‘expose’), an interactive and open data tool that allows you to:
- Report incidents of police corruption and police misconduct.
- Access interactive maps of police corruption trends and hot-spots.
- Access information relating to your rights when you encounter the police.
- Access information on all 1 150 police stations across the country, such as locations, resources, budget and personnel.
- Locate your nearest Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit.
- Rate and review police stations based on your personal experience.
- Nominate honest and ethical police officers based on your experience.
We hope that the information provided on Veza will assist activists, researchers, journalists, and the public at large to demand better and more accountable policing in our communities. Change is literally in the palm of our hands.