Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says more Johannesburg taxi rape survivors have come forward, bringing the total number of victims to nine.
This comes after reports that a female commuter was allegedly raped in front of her 10-year-old son after boarding a taxi on Ontdekkers Road on the West Rand. Nkosi-Malobane has since met with taxi associations and says the number of victims grows every day.
She says that ‘the ninth victim approached them yesterday night, however she won’t be part of the group that will be debriefed, because she has not yet received proper counselling. But the number has been growing’.
Images of the alleged rapists have been circulated on various social media platform for awareness, as it is becoming quite evident that this has carried on for quite some time. ActionAid South Africa has urged the government to take more decisive action in protecting women using public transport to navigate these cities.