Taxi rank assault - criminal case opened

2012-01-05 21:09

Johannesburg - The two teenagers who were seen being sexually assaulted by a group of men at the Noord Street taxi rank for wearing miniskirts have opened a case with the police, Johannesburg police said on Thursday.

Warrant Officer Xoli Mbele said the girls opened a case of sexual assault, indecent assault and crimen injuria at the Johannesburg central police station on Wednesday night.

He said the girls were accompanied by their relatives.

The Sowetan newspaper reported that the two girls were harassed and groped in public last Friday. The first girl to be groped wore a black miniskirt with an animal print top, while her friend wore black leggings and a black top with white bra straps showing.

CCTV footage showed a group of men chasing the girls before groping them.

The girls were later escorted by metro police to their homes.

Mbele said no arrests had been made.

Meanwhile, two people were arrested during a law enforcement operation at the same taxi rank on Thursday.

Department of community safety spokesperson Dumisani Ngema said one was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and another for drug possession.

He said 21 unroadworthy taxis were impounded and another 116 were found with mechanical defaults including brake failure, worn out tyres and shocks.

"The operation was also intended to strengthen perceptions of safety as the Noord Street Taxi Rank is increasingly becoming notorious, particularly for young women," said Ngema.

  • Eish - 2012-01-05 22:18

    They must be taught a good lesson those taxi driver's dress code has nothing to do with them.

      John - 2012-01-06 08:02

      Send those "teenagers" with that dress code in any other country and see the reaction there. I South Africa Taxi drivers are guilty for the Ozone depletion also, but in this case i will be shouting "M...A" with them also.

  • IrvinIco - 2012-01-06 01:25

    well done girls for opening a case. let the law prosecute fully and make a good example of them.

  • afroduckk - 2012-01-06 01:44

    By time the NORMAL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS stands up to these cretins. Well done to the girls in this story and their families for doing the RIGHT thing.

  • sphmn - 2012-01-06 06:31

    The bahaviour of the men immoral and debasing. I strongly discourage debasing another person. But I am a regular taxi user and I am not oblivious of women dressing to arouse men's sexual fancies. The skirt the girls wear are beyond short and it's a headache when she has to sit next to you because then it folds up and you're left with one choice: look the other way all they way to your destination. I have seen a driver struggling to change gears because a mini skirt woman was in the fron seat and the poor guy did not want to touch any member of her body. We all have rights, a right to dress as we please but should be exercise with respect for other's rights. It's not pervesion but a fact that men are visual creatures and bedroom wear should be kept to the bedroom.

      Silvana - 2012-01-06 06:42

      You make some valid points sphmn, but what happens to women in some rural areas where they walk around topless?

      Janette - 2012-01-06 08:03

      you are an idiot, it is 2012, so get over your "I am just a male" attitude. DO you go to the beach etc, what do you do then ,wear eye patches so that you cannot perve.

      Justine - 2012-01-06 08:58

      Good thing you don't live in France where they are topless on the beaches, you would probably already be in jail...

      martin.vandermerwe - 2012-01-06 09:44

      surely they can wear what they want,, the problem with African men is that they cannot control their sexuality and think with their dicks.

  • John - 2012-01-06 06:59

    start of a good new year

  • sphmn - 2012-01-06 07:09

    I am sure there are still rural areas in SA where women have the privilege to walk topless but I believe they are few. Growing up, I remember some women walking around topless but the difference is the sexualisation of the whole thing. Urban women have an access to clothes that are carefully designed to make a man imagine he wants to be her man -even if it's for a moment. The rural girls most wear hand down drapes and that’s unattractive. I believe that if women walked about naked, most men would not care or get any fancies because the body is natural in its own right. Have you ever looked at a bag Corn Flakes and felt aroused? It's only possible if their advertising was done through women in bikinis. Corn Flakes are neutral but if you add a bikini, then they suddenly transform into a sexual message, they cease to be food.

      Elle-Black - 2012-01-06 08:58

      @ sphmn I hate to say it but those are valid points you make,be that as it may....nobody has the right to violate another person's being just because you dont agree with whjat she's wearing,If what she is wearing bothers you so much then turn your mind to something else,think about what you gonna do for the day and whether you will have enough time to do all those things,but nothing excuses violating other people.

  • Willie - 2012-01-06 07:54

    Close the rank until they pinpoint the thugs

  • John - 2012-01-06 07:56

    If sexual assault in taxi ranks brings the attention of police to inspect the minibusses.....I'll get the all girls from the clubs around on "Roadworthy mission" Thanks to the mouthfull explanation of their "dress code", but how much did they pay for taxi at that day? I feel "jealaaaus" in a way.

  • sphmn - 2012-01-06 08:35

    Jeanette; every year I hear - it's 2009 get over yourself, it's 2011 for pete's sake get on with the times, it's 1946 for get out of the stone age. So each year we have to accept that we are behind time and need to catch up and catching up means that we have to tolerate a little more disrespect, immorality and a little more violence on TV. I am sure in 2092 my grandchildren will be told to get over their high horses and accept their brains are to be unplugged. About the beach scenario, I go to the beach to enjoy the ocean and I avoid it in December when a whole lot of people are there to have s*x on the sand.

  • sphmn - 2012-01-06 08:47

    Each year we have to timidly catch up with the times, every year we wake up to the fact that we are backward and need to be more 'civilised'. The strange thing is that this 'civilisation' that we apparently lack does not involve inventing better technologies to enhance the quality of life or writing of new profound literature to unseat Sheakspear. The 'civilisation' involves dressing in nets, transparent plastics, theft of our time through TV and more and more designer junk foods to render the brain incapable of making sound judgements. I say let each follow their version of civilisation and don't force your civilisation on others.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-01-06 09:31

    The Taxi industry have become a law unto their own, this type of behavior happens because they have the notion that they have become untouchable by the police. This attitude is a culmination of the lack of proper regulation and control over the industry, and the lawlessness and lack of respect that the industry has for both it's clients and the public in general will now need the total intervention of traffic officers, police and the military in a sustained national military style operation. It will have to be done at some point, better sooner than any later. If the wait is any longer the cost of getting it under control will just continue to rise.

  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2012-01-06 10:15

    Good! Hopefully justice will prevail and all those men will be convicted!

  • vusi.msimango1 - 2012-01-06 11:55

    the fact is woman should respect themselves, we r nt saying we cant control ourselves noo, but is gud to dress proper.

      sphmn - 2012-01-06 13:04

      I wonder if the girls went to the police station wearing those skirts or they were carrying them in plastic bags as eveidence? Parents take responsibility for your children's choice of clothes, where do you think she is going leaving the house dressed like that? Certainly not to a decent place.

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