Police hot on the heels of Johannesburg taxi gang

2017-03-24 12:29
Minibus taxis. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Minibus taxis. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - The Gauteng department of community safety says police are close to making a breakthrough in their investigation of the gang rapes and robberies of several women in minibus taxis in Johannesburg and surrounding areas in recent months.

Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane on Thursday called on all victims who hadn't reported the attacks to do so in order for the police to make sure that they are thoroughly investigated, Netwerk24 reported

"The MEC also wants to work with role players in the taxi industry to ensure that regulations are in place to prevent anyone with a criminal record from becoming involved in the industry," spokesperson for the MEC Ndivhuho Gadisi said on Thursday.

One of the gang's victims contacted EWN on Thursday morning to report how she was raped in front of her 10-year-old son in a minibus taxi in Ontdekkers Road, Roodepoort, on Sunday.

The gang apparently repeatedly raped her over a period of four hours and then forced her to hand over her ATM card and give them her PIN code. They later withdrew money from her accounts.

The woman, whose young son was forced to lie on the floor of the taxi while she was being raped on the backseat, told the radio station she hoped her example would encourage other women to lay charges in order to prevent more attacks.

Following leads

The radio station received many related calls after that and the Gauteng police confirmed that they were investigating several similar cases.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said it was difficult to say exactly how many victims there are because they suspect that not all the cases have been reported.

"The police are investigating various cases involving a group of three to four men who reportedly are using a white and grey Quantum minibus taxi to commit the crimes," Dlamini said.

"We are following up on several leads in order to identify the suspects."

According to Dlamini, the gang is active in the Johannesburg area, especially Booysens, Soweto and Roodepoort. It is suspected that they pretend to be taxi drivers on these routes to lure their victims.

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