Manhunt for Uber driver after allegedly sexually assaulting passenger

2017-08-04 21:27
The headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg, AP)

The headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg, AP)

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Cape Town – A manhunt has been launched for an Uber driver who allegedly sexually assaulted a female passenger in Delft, Western Cape police said.

The man, believed to be in his mid-twenties, allegedly assaulted his passenger after dropping her at her home in Delft on July 27, Western Cape Police spokesperson FC van Wyk said in a statement on Friday.

The woman was travelling from Wynberg.

Upon arrival at 00:30, the driver asked if he could use the toilet at her home.

“When he came out of the toilet, he kissed her in her neck and put his arms around her and touched her vagina. She pushed him away and told him to leave,” Van Wyk told News24.

The driver’s Uber account was deleted soon after the incident, the victim told police.

Uber Africa said they have provided police with all the information requested about the suspect and “permanently” banned the man from using their application.

"What’s been described is deplorable and something no one should ever go through,” spokesperson Samantha Allenberg told News24.

Allenberg said driver information cannot be deleted from Uber-servers despite the suspect deleting his account. 

All Uber-drivers are required to provide their full name, date of birth, ID number, driver’s license number, a copy of his or her driver’s license, vehicle registration number, vehicle insurance, professional driver's permits and a valid bank account before  qualifying to drive, she said.  

Drivers are additionally required to undergo a criminal background check. 

Uber is an American-based digital application taxi service.

Van Wyk requested that anyone with additional information on the whereabouts of the driver should contact the investigating officer on 072 145 4163.

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