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No arrests yet after Bellville teacher raped in taxi

Kuils River police are investigating the rape of a Bellville teacher in a minibus taxi.

Picture: Winnie Theletsane/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Kuils River police are investigating the rape of a Bellville teacher in a minibus taxi.

The woman, who's an assistant teacher at a pre-school, was on her way home to Eerste River. She boarded a taxi with a colleague earlier this month.

But instead of being dropped in Eerste River, the duo was driven around.

The driver and his assistant robbed both women before one of them was sexually assaulted near Vangate Mall.

The police's Frederick Van Wyk said: "We can confirm that the rape case is still under investigation with no arrests as yet."

Earlier this month, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said sexual offences reported to police had increased by 4.6% in the past year.

This was revealed in the organisation's victims of crime report, which sampled 27,000 South African households and depended on data collected by the police.

The report also showed that 88% of sexual offences victims report their cases.

With the police services often blamed for mishandling cases of sexual assault, the Stats SA data pointed to increased confidence in the system by victims.

The report, however, used a narrow definition of sexual offences which unlike the police system, did not include a broad scope including attempted sexual offences.

The report noted that while cases of sexual offences reported to the police increased in all other provinces, this was not the case in Limpopo and the Western Cape, where a decline was noted.

Additional reporting by Theto Mahlakoana.

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