Ruth worked for the Wits Justice Project at Wits University in Johannesburg for 7 years. She investigated G4S-run Mangaung Prison in Bloemfontein while working for the WJP. Ruth is the coordinator of the Private Security Network. 

Basic information

Ruth Hopkins
United Kingdom

Supported projects

The Private Security Network of Investigative Journalists

  • Human Rights
  • Security

There is very little transparency in the private security sector. Questions often remain unanswered because the contracts are withheld on the grounds of commercial confidentiality. This lack of information means it is hard if not impossible to speak truth to powerful private security multinationals. In an age where political leaders seem obsessed with austerity measures, it should come as no surprise that they will not hold these companies accountable. What is it that we, the people, can do? Should private companies derive a profit off war and conflicts?