Khayelitsha cops may face drug testing

An independent criminologist's research has revealed startling findings of alcohol and drug abuse.

Khayelitsha Police Station

CAPE TOWN - A criminologist has called for random drug testing to be conducted on police officials in Khayelitsha today.

Testifying at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry, independent criminologist Liza Grobler said her research into corruption in the South African Police Service (SAPS) has revealed startling findings of alcohol and drug abuse.

Grobler is one of seven expert witnesses called by the commission to make recommendations on how policing can be improved in the area.

The criminologist said that random drug testing would not only reduce corruption but also the ballooning rate of absenteeism among officials.

As a result, she called for firmer action for staff who insists on ignoring the law.

The commission has been tasked with investigating allegations of police inefficiency in the area.

They are also expected to hand over a breakdown of the relationship between the community and the police.