5 linked to Johannesburg taxi rapes due to appear in court

2017-10-05 18:51


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Johannesburg – Five suspects linked to thirteen rape and robbery cases involving taxis across Johannesburg in March are due to appear in various courts over the next month.  

The five, aged between 24 and 35, are due to appear separately in the Kliptown, Protea and Johannesburg magistrate's courts among others, and have been linked to thirteen out of more than 20 cases that are currently under investigation, according to a statement.

A dedicated team appointed by the Gauteng police commissioner is following several leads, said the police's Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

Dlamini said in a statement that the team had also "established that six rape cases committed in Moroka, Johannesburg central, Booysens and Kliptown might have been committed by one suspect and several leads are being followed to track him".

One suspect who has been linked to two cases was arrested in June and is due to appear at the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto, Johannesburg, on October 18.

The other four suspects are also due to appear in court for crimes committed in Kliptown, Florida, Johannesburg central and Booysens in the Johannesburg area.

"In one of the incidents, police established that a mini-bus taxi belonging to one of the Gauteng taxi association[s] was used by the driver who raped two victims in Dobsonville and Jabulani policing areas," read a statement.

Police are offering a reward for any information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects who are still at large.

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