Church march after girl raped

2016-10-13 06:00
St Paul’s Anglican Church warden Masande Rorwana and Feverend Simon Kortjaas invite the community to come to an awareness march planned for Saturday.    PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

St Paul’s Anglican Church warden Masande Rorwana and Feverend Simon Kortjaas invite the community to come to an awareness march planned for Saturday. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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The St Paul Anglican Church in Philippi is calling for the community members to join in their march against crime in the area, following an attack on one congregant.

The church will be marching to raise awareness on Saturday 15 October after a 16 year old girl was allegedly raped after she took a taxi from church.

According to Reverend Simon Kortjaas, the girl was attacked by the taxi driver after he refused to drop her at her stop in Marcus Garvey.

“We received reports that the child was taken to a bush in Mitchell’s Plain near the West Gate Mall where she was attacked and raped. We have heard that this is not the first incident where people were attacked after boarding taxis,” said Kortjaas.

He said that their efforts to find the perpetrators have come to naught due to lack of proper identification, but they needed to raise awareness in the community.

“We need the community to join us to raise awareness when boarding taxis and always take note of the things that can identify the taxi one can take such as the stickers on the number stickers on the back of the vehicle.

We understand that if the incident has taken place it is difficult for a person who is under shock to take note of such things.

We have advised congregants to look out for each other and take note of the taxis that congregants take,” said the reverend.

He said that they will be marching from the church to the Nyanga police station in a bid to get the community aware of the dangers of using public transport.

“We need stronger community safety measures where neighbourhood watches will be assisted in making the community safer,” he said.

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