Wed Jul 26 12:41:20 SAST 2017

Help sought to nab 'taxi rapists'

By Pertunia Mafokwane | 2017-07-17 11:43:20.0

  • Suspects in taxi rape: picture supplied

  • These men are wanted by police in relation to a rape in a taxi Picture: Supplied

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Gauteng police yesterday revealed that they were investigating more than 20 cases of women who were attacked by a gang travelling in a Quantum taxi.

This was also as police for the first time released the identikits of the two suspects wanted in relation with the attacks, and offered rewards to the public who help in their arrests.

Police said women were now also involved as accomplices in the spate of attacks which were first reported in March.

Gauteng police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said men were also being attacked.

"Once the victim(s) boarded the taxi, the other woman who might be an accomplice would then alight before the victim(s) are attacked," he said.

In March, a Florida woman reported that she was raped in front of her son in a taxi, and she was followed by more than a dozen others.

Dlamini said police have not set an amount for the reward for information regarding possible arrests.

The victims were attacked in different areas including Meadowlands, Booysens, Johannesburg Central, Rosebank, Alberton, Germiston, Kliptown, Protea Glen, Langlaagte, Honeydew and Dobsonville. Dlamini said the number of cases reported continued to rise.

"Since these attacks became prominent in March 2017, the number of cases have shown an increase to more than 20 cases that are under investigation by a team of detectives," Dlamini said.

"[The men in the pictures] were identified through CCTV cameras at a Johannesburg mall by a victim of a case reported in Florida.

"Police are appealing to anyone who may able to identify the suspects to come forward ... their information could be rewarded," he added.

The rape cases were being investigated by a team of family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit detectives established by the Gauteng provincial commissioner.

He said victims would only be offered protection if there is a threat to their lives.

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