South Africa Police Service Needs to Clean House says Liza Grobler

Shortly after arriving in South Africa I learned of the book Crossing the Line: When Cops Become Criminals by Liza Grobler. I gave it a read and concluded that Grobler could present a thorough and timely overview of the situation here on the ground related to the South Africa Police Service (SAPS).

Screen shot 2013-09-21 at 11.50.38 PMThrough Elrena van der Spuy, whom we met and interviewed (stay tuned for a related video), and Jacana Media (who previously interviewed Grobler), I was able to get in touch with Grobler, who agreed to sit-down and share some thoughts.

Grobler and I spoke for over three hours – this video is some of the over 30-minutes of footage I captured. As is clear, Grobler is well-familiar with the SAPS as an institution, and how issues of corruption and criminal cops have been ignored by higher-ups, thus compounding and entrenching them even further. Of course the current war on some substances isn’t helping things.

Grobler says that politics must be removed from policing, and that the SAPS needs to clean house before overhauling the hiring, training, promotion, grievance, and complaint functions. That’s a tall task. Will that happen?

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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.