Taxi rank assault 'takes SA backwards'

2012-01-04 22:04

Johannesburg - The behaviour of the men who reportedly groped and harassed two teenagers at the Noord Taxi Rank in Johannesburg threatens to take the country backwards, Minister of Transport Sbu Ndebele said on Wednesday.

"We have come a long way as a nation to build a non-racial, non-sexist democratic society where people have freedom of choice," Ndebele said in a statement.

Ndebele said taxi ranks were public spaces that were supposed to offer transport and other related services to all, without discrimination.

"There's no room for such barbaric acts in our country... We urge the leadership of the taxi industry to act against the alleged perpetrators as they seek to reverse the gains made to restore the confidence of the people in the industry."

The Sowetan newspaper earlier this week reported on a 17-minute clip of CCTV footage it said showed a crowd of men following and groping the girls last Friday.

In the video footage, a mini-skirted young woman can be seen screaming at her tormentors and occasionally trying to punch them after they groped her. Johannesburg metro police came to the rescue of both girls.

No case has been opened. Johannesburg central police were in possession of the CCTV footage, Warrant Officer Xoli Mbele said.

"One girl's brother told us yesterday that they are not around, but the moment they are back they will come forward," said Mbele.

"We have the footage with us, we are looking into the matter. As soon as they come forward our investigations will begin."

Ndebele joins Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, the ANC Women's League, the department for women, children and people with disabilities, and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA in condemning the attack.

Four years ago another woman, Nwabisa Ngcukana, was stripped and sexually molested at the same taxi rank for wearing a miniskirt.

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-04 22:22

    Ah, the minister of potholes has spoken. Sbu says that there is no place for groping at taxi ranks. "Actually, it is a place where we prefer gun battles", he said in a statement. "Please keep sex out of it".

      John - 2012-01-06 18:22

      What ever gave Sbu Ndebele, the impression that South Africa was going forwards? It has even being going downwards faster since he started spending 400 Million?

  • Kate - 2012-01-04 22:42

    "There's no room for such barbaric acts in our country..." Ever SEEN a taxi? "We urge the leadership of the taxi industry to act against the alleged perpetrators" You ARE the leadership. "-as they seek to reverse the gains made to restore the confidence of the people in the industry." When? How? Again, ever seen a taxi? Been to South Africa? Please all be aware that he said this with a straight face.

      Johannes - 2012-01-05 15:02

      Well said Kate!!!

      John - 2012-01-06 09:00

      "We urge the leadership of the taxi industry to act against the alleged perpetrators" ..... Ha ha ha.....Jabu Mabuza will call the drivers in "Know How" session. Keep the maho... out of the taxi ranks and dot try to judge African culture in a way that suits you. Not everything can be explained in Africa..get this right. African culture doesn't accepts behaviours as such and you don't need a african culturologist to explain to you that times of "half naked african woman" are already gone. That explains the missing numbers of German tourists from the last 20 years.....and if somene belives that those innocent gilrs which are already wearing the clothes of their moms have a better chance in any other places.....please give a try. Don't try to provoke African culture. Whatever happen in Noord Taxi rank is to show you that African society doesn't accepts behaviours as such. If you want to travel naked...get own transport and hope not to be locked by police. Sbu Ndebele, Nomvula Mokoyane and Other activist...are you realy don't have anythiing better to do? Barbaric act?....Please go half naked to Bruma and call us from there....ok?

  • uurrghhh - 2012-01-05 03:48

    The industry is run by a bunch of gangsters who would have smiled amusedly at the "harmless fun" that their "boys" were having to brighten a boring day... but hell, what were these idiot girls doing dressed like that in a place that already has a reputation for even worse behaviour... catch a wake up girls

  • Sifiso - 2012-01-05 04:38

    Metro Mall Taxi Rank is a few city blocks away from Noord Taxi Rank. Metro Mall used to be as filthy as Noord but then Metro Mall was renovated at a cost of R100 million in 2001/2002. In every society there are normal people and there are barbaric people. I suspect that Metro Mall doesn't experience the same problems as Noord because the barbaric men who loaf at Metro Mall behave themselves since it's a renovated environment. Government needs to renovate Noord Taxi Rank then the barbaric men who loaf there will hopefully also behave themselves.

  • afroduckk - 2012-01-05 04:50

    The reports heading says it all - "Taxi rank assault 'takes SA backwards'". What more can we say ?????

      Marlin Forbes - 2012-01-05 06:47

      Nothing much but you added a worthless comment anyway. Thanks.

  • Pawel - 2012-01-05 05:02

    Its like raping a gay to fix their illness .... savages....

  • sardick.davids - 2012-01-05 07:07

    At least they understand what taking SA backwards means. I wonder what they think the protection of information bill is doing to SA ...taking it backwards too...I wonder...

  • CALAMITYSA - 2012-01-05 07:08

    SA is backwards - due to certain cultures.

      emile.eley - 2012-01-05 07:31

      Yes, yours.

      Nkulekweni - 2012-01-05 10:43

      Yes CalamitySA especially racist cultures such as yours.

  • john.ncala - 2012-01-05 09:19

    I use taxi every day and I take the taxi to midrand at Noord taxi rank since the the last incident that happend there the taxi drivers started to behave them selves we never had anything like after the ladies had a march there even the day after we saw the story on the papers I was with a lady wearing a mini skirt and we were seated atr front seat nogal and she had no fear I'm sure if the police look at the vodeo they wil see that it not the taxi drivers who did that ,thhe persons responsilble for this are hawkers and the guy,s who always hang around the taxi rank .please let us excuse the drivers on this one even if you ask the ladies who takes taxis at the rank surely they willtell you it does niot happen any more let's sort the hawkers out

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-01-05 10:41

    Does the minister of transport actually live in this country? No one has confidence in the taxi industry. The government will claim that it has because it is failing to provide a good, safe, reliable and clean public tranaport system for the citizens of this country. Nobody but nobody uses a taxi by choice.

  • Nokwanda - 2012-01-05 11:59

    U can never change the mentality of a taxi driver that is how they are. So to save yourself all the stress just don't dress like that at Noord Taxi Rank

  • Wally - 2012-01-05 15:51

    On New Year's Day @ a very beautiful and favourite seaside town the town was flooded with locals and outsiders for the annual exodus to the beach. Used to prob. Then, young men/boys were walking and literally shouting that everyone knows why "we are all here! For the weemun...the find them and f*** them and f*** them again and again, and then to find some more!" Can't help but notice regularly, almost daily, some "men" groping their own testicles in public if not trying to squeeze everything out of their pants! At the first sight of a "weemun" that fits the fancy there is the clinging to the arm, the love proposals and the harrassing of "weemun". For what? To satisfy the barbaric and primate nature. Many have moved forward, but alas, the problem is systemic and endemic in nature and sorry to say but our social development/security does NOTHING to alleviate the prob either. No consequence, no bother. Why do we have such a high rate of RAPE in this country? This is to be the star of the continent with human rights and Const Rights the sublime foundation of our nation. Yet, we cannot deal with the "barbaric" behaviour that is rife within our country - not just this rank. Plz open your eyes, forget about voting for once and start protecting our country and its ppl - ALL of THEM!

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