Soweto #TaxiRape suspect and Quantum taxi have been identified
The Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi Malobane and the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) have revealed that a suspect and a white Quantum minibus taxi which has been picking up unsuspecting women around Soweto and raping them, have been identified.
This comes after a woman was raped for four hours in the back seat of a taxi in full view of her 10-year-old son on Saturday.
It has been discovered that the taxi in question is registered with the NTA and the perpetrators are expected to be brought forward by the end of today.
According to reports, more women have come forward to speak about being raped in similar incidences.
South Africans have been up in arms since the news broke out and opposition parties have had their say on the matter.
This morning, The EFF issued a strong message to the ANC, saying they are normalising violence against women by not treating reports of sexual violence with urgency.
Making reference to Saturday’s incident, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF spokesperson, says black women have become the most affected with some being harassed at police stations by officers who are supposed to assist them.
“It must be put on the record that taxi ranks remain unsafe spaces where toxic, violent, predatory black masculinities are often allowed and given platform to express themselves with impunity. Not long ago, a black woman was subjected to an orgy of violence in Noord Taxi Rank for wearing a short skirt,” said Ndlozi.
The DA says it is submitting Parliamentary questions to the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, to find out how many similar incidents have been reported in each province across the country.
They also want all taxis operating on the road to be registered with an association and to be clearly marked with which association they belong to.