“The Wits Justice Project writes about correctional facilities and aims to expose human rights abuses, as well as miscarriages of justice.”
“The Wits Justice Project writes about correctional facilities and aims to expose human rights abuses, as well as miscarriages of justice.”“While our stories expose rights violations, we are also quick to point out that the criminal justice system is part of a cluster of departments with responsibilities towards offenders and remand detainees,” it said.
The third allegation it denied was that the Wits Justice Project published unsubstantiated and unverified facts.
It said it did not go to print without hard evidence. This included official and medical documents, eye-witness accounts and other forms of corroboration.
The project said it also practised a right of reply policy.
“We strongly resent any implication that we respond or buy into any agenda other than the one we set ourselves: that of investigating miscarriages of justice, human rights violations, and working towards the goal of a justice system that works better for all,” it said.
Modise was called as the second witness for the State in the aggravation of sentencing for Pistorius.
On September 12, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide for the Valentine’s Day 2013 shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria townhouse.
The court found him not guilty of murdering Steenkamp. Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the locked door of the toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder about to emerge and attack him. She was hit in the hip, arm, and head.