Uber commuter kidnapped, raped

2016-07-16 08:00
Uber is among a number of taxi apps which are being deployed in cities in the United States and worldwide. (Paul J Richards, AFP)

Uber is among a number of taxi apps which are being deployed in cities in the United States and worldwide. (Paul J Richards, AFP)

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Johannesburg - A woman was kidnapped and raped after getting into what she thought was an Uber taxi in Fourways, Gauteng police said on Friday.

A case of rape, kidnapping, and robbery had been opened, Captain Mavela Masondo said.

He said he could not divulge any further information.

Uber spokesperson Samantha Allenberg said the company was in contact with the victim and her family.

"This is a despicable crime and first and foremost our thoughts are with the victim and her family. We are in open dialogue with the family and have offered our full support. We stand ready to assist law enforcement in any way we can to bring this crime to justice," she said.

According to a Facebook post, the woman got into a car thinking it was an Uber outside Montecasino last week. Two men were allegedly lying down in the back of the car.

She was tied up, locked in the boot, and driven to an ATM over an hour away. Then she was assaulted and forced to withdraw money, taken to a veld and raped.

The Facebook post warns Uber commuters to make sure the car’s licence plate matches the one they were sent on their phone.

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