'Khayelitsha cops must be audited'

A criminologist says junior officials may be involved with criminals.

Dr Liza Grobler, a criminologist, testifying about corruption within the South African Police Services on 14 May 2014 in Khayelitsha. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Independent criminologist Liza Grobler on Wednesday said that an audit within the police service could be a way to root out corrupt officials.

Grobler is one of seven experts called by the the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry to make recommendations on how policing can be improved in the area.

According to her research, graft in the South African Police Service (SAPS) remains a big problem.

"In one case, at a particular police station, the junior police were driving around in their smart cars and nobody stopped to ask them were they had received the funds to [purchase themselves such cars]. They were all involved in criminal activity. [Use] lifestyle surveillance - go to your staff's houses, go have tea with them and see how they live."

The commission investigating allegations of police inefficiencies in the township is in its final phase.