Public trust in the police damaged

The ISS says public trust in the SAPS is damaged by the perception of high levels of corruption.

The ISS says public trust in the SAPS is undermined by the perception of high levels of corruption. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says public trust in the police is being undermined by the perception of high levels of corruption within the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer is at the centre of a scandal involving Cape Town businessman Mohamed Salim Dawjee who is also a SAPS benefactor.

Lamoer is being investigated by the Hawks for his alleged corrupt relationship with Dawjee, whose company has reportedly benefited from doing business with the police.

The institute's Gareth Newham says rules governing donations have to be very strict and clear.

"There are clear rules in place so that you can manage this kind of situation, which happens everywhere in the world when people want to assist the police. Of course, if there is business that a businessman is getting from giving gifts to the police, it will immediately create suspicion and that needs to be looked at very carefully."

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is also in trouble with authorities after she allegedly tipped Lamoer off about the Hawks investigation.