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Talks for safer taxis for women yielding no results - activist groups

The Soul City Institute for Social Justice says its objective is to develop a national 'safe taxis charter' to regulate the industry.

Advocacy Manager Matokgo Makutoane from the Soul City Institute briefing the media on progress made with the taxi industry. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Soul City Institute for Social Justice and the Soweto Women’s Forum say while talks have been held with the taxi industry, they’ve not amounted to any tangible outcome.

The institute says that its objective is to develop a national "safe taxis charter" to regulate the industry.

Both organisations are giving an update on plans for dealing with gender-based violence in township areas.

The Soweto Women’s Forum says it is unfortunate that many women don’t know the basic steps in reporting a rape case.

Advocacy Manager Matokgo Makutoane from the Soul City Institute says they’ve had discussions with the South African Taxi Association.

Makutoane says some of the suggestions given by women to deal with gender-based violence include camera surveillance of taxis, creating an app and having taxis owned strictly by women.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)