We seek to hold government to account for their responsibilities to provide safe, inclusive and sustainable cities. Our work focuses on ensuring that the three tiers of government within the state fulfil their mandate in respect to providing public safety, redressing the apartheid legacy of spatial inequality, ensuring citizen access to basic services (especially potable water and sanitation) and upholding citizen rights. Our work in Delft South, for example, supported the neighbourhood watch and community police forum to successfully campaign for greater state investment in visible policing and meaningful action to address corruption. In holding government to account, we conduct original research within communities, amplify community voices, facilitate dialogue in public platforms and network with civil city. We have successfully used visual technologies to more effectively communicate on accountability and building campaign support.