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Minibus taxi rape victim gets trauma counselling

The woman has told Eyewitness News she is still traumatised by Sunday’s incident and her son, who was in the taxi with her, has also been severely affected.

A Quantum minibus taxi. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – A Johannesburg woman who suffered a four-hour rape ordeal in the back of a taxi is now receiving trauma counselling.

Police are investigating the case and are following several leads to identify suspects who are using white and grey minibus taxis to pick up women and later rape and rob them.

The woman has told Eyewitness News she is still traumatised by Sunday’s incident.

She says she keeps on reliving scenes of the attack.

“And I was able to talk about it a little bit because I don’t want to keep as much as I don’t want to even think about it because I want to wipe, but also don’t want to repress it.”

The Joburg mother says her ten-year-old son has also been severely affected.

The young boy is also receiving counselling.

POLICE FOLLOWING LEADS

Gauteng police are scrutinising CCTV footage from ATMs and following up leads as they investigate the rapes of several women picked up by men in minibus taxis.

The first two cases were reported in the Roodepoort area in last year and several more cases have been opened in Soweto.

No arrests have yet been made.

The rape victim says the incident lasted for four hours.

“I didn’t like what happened to me and I don’t think any of us is okay with that.”

She says she hopes that by speaking about the incident, she can encourage other victims to come forward, and potentially help prevent more attacks.

She says she hopes police will act decisively and her attackers will be arrested.

“Sometimes it feels like our justice system is not there for us.”

The police’s Lungelo Dlamini says they are searching for the suspects.

Calls have been made for swift action from police to arrest the suspects behind a number of rape cases in a Quantum taxi before community members take the law into their own hands.

Meanwhile, Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane will on Thursday meet with the taxi industry to discuss recent reports of rape in minibus taxis.

Taxi council Santaco has now asked authorities to keep them in the loop when dealing with such cases.

The department’s spokesperson Ndibhuwo Gadisi said: “The reports by the media, as well as information from the police, are what essentially initiated this meeting in the taxi industry to address this issue.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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