Veza is an exciting new tool from Corruption Watch in South Africa: some years in the making, it’s an interactive map of police stations throughout the country, with per-station stats on resources, precinct size and reports of corruption.
Naturally you can upload your own reports too.
Right now, it’s more interesting as a tool for looking at police resources in detail – it comes as no surprise that Sandton has more officers than Diepsloot, despite having a smaller population, but it’s still food for thought when you see it written down.
We can but hope Corruption Watch’s tool takes off, and it’s nice that there’s a form to recognise officers for good work as well as bad although this kind of transparent reporting tool doesn’t have a great track record in SA. Media Monitoring Africa’s disinformation reporting tool is slowly building up a head of steam, but the City of Joburg’s once great Find&Fix civic problem spotter is abandonware. But there’s nothing like the slick and widely used 311 apps that proliferate in the US, for example. Maybe Corruption Watch can crack it.