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Ruth Hopkins

Ruth Hopkins

    ‘Forced injections made us act like zombies’
    ‘Forced injections made us act like zombies’
    About 20 inmates told the Wits Justice Project (WJP) they had been injected with a substance, that made them walk, talk and act like “zombies”...
    Prison company stalls court actions
    Prison company stalls court actions
    British multinational security company G4S wants the high court in Pretoria to suppress evidence that could reveal widespread torture and abuse of...
    Free State ANC tramples on justice
    Free State ANC tramples on justice
    The main hall on the campus of the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein is called Equitas. Justice, in Latin.
    Law fails women who kill partners in self-defence
    Law fails women who kill partners in self-defence
    Victims of domestic and intimate partner violence such as Reeva Steenkamp and Karabo Mokoena grab headlines and trigger protests, but the women who...
    Government action on femicide goes wrong from the bottom up
    Government action on femicide goes wrong from the bottom up
    South Africa has the highest rate of women murdered by their partners in the world, according a 2015 policy brief by the Cape Town based Alan J...
    Police time and money go to pot
    Police time and money go to pot
    On a sweltering summer evening in downtown Johannesburg, Larry lit up a joint. The previous day, he had experienced an attempted smash-and-grab and...
    Shutting Rikers would be a major step towards fixing the US’s prisons
    Shutting Rikers would be a major step towards fixing the US’s prisons
    "One day, I was walking through the receiving room and I saw an officer who was instructing two inmates at a time to put their feet on a box and...
    Filth, disease, sex and violence for Pollsmoor's female inmates
    Filth, disease, sex and violence for Pollsmoor's female inmates
    International Women’s Day on March 8 turns the spotlight on the fate of women, in particular their achievements and the slow pace of progress. An...
    How Pollsmoor prison can kill you
    How Pollsmoor prison can kill you
    A stay in the Western Cape’s Pollsmoor prison can turn into a death sentence, as was evidenced when two inmates recently died of leptospirosis, a...
    Tortured Mangaung prisoners seek justice
    Tortured Mangaung prisoners seek justice
    British security firm G4S, which runs Bloemfontein’s Mangaung prison, has denied lawyers access to a prisoner who claims to have been shot in the...
    Pollsmoor prisoners treated 'worse than animals'
    Pollsmoor prisoners treated 'worse than animals'
    It is 7am. The waiting area for family members hoping to visit their loved ones detained in the remand section of Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison...
    Mangaung prison inmate 'tortured to death'
    Mangaung prison inmate 'tortured to death'
    On a cold winter day in 2005, inmate Isaac Nelani asked wardens at Mangaung prison, run by British security firm G4S, for an extra blanket to keep...