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Woman may have avoided gang on taxi

2012-07-10 09:08

Cape Town - The Cape Town woman assaulted by a driver after she refused to get into his minibus taxi possibly avoided a dangerous encounter with a gang, the Western Cape transport ministry said on Tuesday.

"[A] member of the public, a young man, read the story in [a newspaper] and contacted the ministry," spokesperson Siphesihle Dube said.

The man was robbed at gunpoint in Mark Street in Parow Valley on June 30 by occupants of a vehicle closely matching the description of the taxi involved in the Philippi woman's assault.

The woman was assaulted at 17:00 on Friday on the corner of Eisleben and Lansdowne roads. She hailed a minibus, but when she saw there were only male passengers, apologised to the driver and declined to enter.

The driver allegedly started shouting at her, got out of his taxi and punched her repeatedly for wasting his time, before driving away.

"The ministry appeals again for members of the public to assist us in bringing these individuals to justice."

Anyone who may have seen either crime, or is aware of a white Toyota Avanza with tinted windows with five men, four black and one coloured, operating as a taxi in Parow or in Philippi, is asked to contact police.

Comments
  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-07-10 09:24

    Good ol taxi drivers. The core of South African moral values. When I grow up I also want to be an abusive, uneducated moron who thinks of no one but himself.... Oh wait, I can't because I actually give a damn about the wellbeing of my fellow human being (A big no no if you plan to become part of the Taxi enterprise)

      mlucejko - 2012-07-10 10:04

      I pray for the day that 'My-City' buses take over every single route in the whole Cape Town area so we can get rid of these 'Terrorist Taxis' They cause so many problems on our roads !! They are a danger to other drivers and a danger to the passengers they pick up !!

  • pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-07-10 09:25

    got out, punched her? Jeez, some people.

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-07-10 09:43

    hang the bloody thing

  • betsy.dorris - 2012-07-10 10:15

    "white Toyota Avanza with tinted windows with five men, four black and one coloured, operating as a taxi in Parow or in Philippi, is asked to contact police" - that narrows it down. bwahaha. i hope they catch them though. BASTARDS!

  • Sisi - 2012-07-10 10:32

    Same thing happened to me when I started my first at JOB.It was very early in the morning around 5:30 and when I was about to get inside the taxi there was only males and they all looked like thugs.They didnt look like ppl who were going to work.All dirty and scary.I was going to Town.Seeing these scary ppl I then decide to ask the driver where is the taxi heading and he said Town.I then told him sorry I'm going to Centurion and I closed the taxi door immediately and ran.

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