SAHRC to probe taxi rank groping

2012-01-06 18:04

Johannebsurg - The SA Human Rights Commission is planning a public inquiry into why two teenage girls were assaulted at the Noord Street taxi rank in central Johannesburg last month.

It also asked that the police watchdog, the Independent Complaints Directorate, investigate why it took police so long to rescue them, spokesperson Wisani Baloyi said in a statement on Friday.

"The commission is concerned about the human rights violations of the girls. We call on law enforcement agencies to act swiftly to investigate and prosecute those who were involved in this criminal act."

The two teenagers opened a case of sexual assault, indecent assault and crimen injuria at the Johannesburg central police station on Wednesday.

According to the Sowetan newspaper a 17-minute CCTV recording of the December 30 attack shows a crowd of men following, harassing and groping the two as they try to fight them off.

The first teenager to be groped wears a black mini-skirt and animal print top while the other is in black leggings and a black top with her white bra straps showing.

Johannesburg metro police rescued both of them.

Baloyi said the SA National Taxi Association and the public who had information about the incident needed to co-operate with police.

"Advances in legislation to protect the rights of women and girls cannot be violated with impunity. Legislation must be accompanied by practical steps to ensure the realisation of such rights."

  • Shirley - 2012-01-06 19:11

    I am fully against sexual harrasment/degredation of woman but REALY, did they honestly think it was ok to walk around with enough cloth to cover a fairys behind???????? I saw the footage and there was not one bit left for the imagination! If my daughters left the house like that Id disown them!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-06 19:27

      Shirly, that is a brave statement. No doubt many will give you a thumbs down, but its time people took personal responsibility for their actions. People are not free to walk around naked - or even half naked. Girls need to understand that men are dogs/pigs - take your pick; and protect yourself. If a tourist walks around JHB with an expensive camera and gets mugged, we say "Dumb tourist"; why not "Dumb girls". What the men did was wrong, but girls need to think.

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-06 19:15

    The SAHRC ignores the taxi rank shootings, death by taxi driver, etc, etc, but does a double back flip on a groping case - illogical. However reprehensible the groping was, it seems to pale into insignificance in the light of mothers murdering their babies, rape of children, murder of just about anybody and large scale corruption in government.

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