- Taxi driver Anda Majavu was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a 22-year-old female commuter in 2019.
- The 35-year-old claimed the victim had initiated sex, but failed to explain how she had been injured.
- Prosecutor Thando Feni said gender-based violence was rife and a strong message needed to be sent to the community that women were protected by the courts.
A taxi driver has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the East London Regional Court for raping a 22-year-old female commuter in 2019.
Anda Majavu, 35, threatened the young commuter with a broken bottle top and drove her to a secluded area, where he raped her after dropping off another passenger.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the incident happened at 09:00 in October 2019.
The woman had caught Majavu's taxi along the way from Mdantsane to East London when the incident happened.
"Majavu first dropped off another passenger and when it was just the two of them in the vehicle he started to threaten her with a broken bottle top and drove to a secluded area, where he raped her.
"He drove off with her and continued to threaten her not to try to escape. He then found another secluded area near Da Gama Textiles where he raped her again, gagging her mouth and [binding] her legs, arms and wrists," NPA spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani said.
Horrific nature of crime
He then pushed her into a ditch, covered her with shrubs and left her there, Ngcakani said.
"After a while, she managed to untie her legs. Her wrists were so tightly bound that the material cut into her flesh. She ran towards the road, where she was rescued by a motorist who took her to the Cambridge police station. The police arrested Majavu a few days later," Ngcakani said.
According to Ngcakani, during the trial, Majavu claimed the victim initiated the sexual encounter.
He was, however, unable to explain why the victim had been injured.
In aggravation of sentence, prosecutor Thando Feni asked the court for a life sentence because of the horrific nature of the crime.
Feni said gender-based violence was rife and a strong message needed to be sent to the community that women were protected by the courts.