MEDIA ALERT! Open Secrets seeks accountability for investigation into allegations of torture in the SANDF
In the past week a Open Secrets published “Russian Doll 3: Exposed- SANDF ‘Torture’ Squad” and “Russian Doll 4: The ‘SANDF’ Torture Squad Victim, Pule Nkomo speaks out’. On Sunday, Carte Blanche in partnership with Open Secrets also published a report into allegations of torture in the military.
This is a significant story of human rights abuse involving multiple units within the military and top brass who report directly to the Chief of the SANDF.
On 07 December 2023 Open Secrets undertook the following steps to ensure accountability:
Letter to President Ramaphosa (Commander in Chief)
On 07 December 2023 Open Secrets wrote to President Ramaphosa in his capacity as Commander in Chief of urgently intervene in the matter of extra judicial murders and killings.Letter to President Ramaphosa (Commander in Chief) re SANDF
Complaints to United Nations bodies
On 07 December 2023 Open Secrets wrote to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture (DR AJ Edwards) and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extra-judicial Summary or Arbitrary Executions (Morris Tidball-Bin) calling for an international investigation into extra judicial murders and killings within the South African military.Complaints to United Nations Bodies
Make public the Moorhouse report
On 06 November 2023 Open Secrets submitted a PAIA request to the SANDF requesting the release of Moorhouse Board of Inquiry report and associated documents into abuse of power in the military.
In addition to this we are making public SANDF documents which we believe are in the public interest.
The Ndawo letters – an SANDF whistleblower
We publish four letters which top Military Police official Thulane Ndawo sent to the Chief of the SANDF and other high ranking individuals alerting them to abuse of power within the military. These span a period between 2021 and 2023. We believe these letters lead to the establishment of the Moorhouse board of enquiry. These are internal SANDF documents which we publish in the public interest as they detail alleged abuse of power.Ndawo Letters to SANDF