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'Taxi rank abusers' out on warning

By unknown | Apr 02, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

The two Noord Street taxi drivers who were arrested for allegedly assaulting Precious Tshishonga at the weekend were released on warning when they appeared in court yesterday.

They appeared before magistrate Herman Visser in the Hillbrow magistrate's court and were not asked to plead. They are charged with common assault.

Mluzi Madide of Katlehong and Mfoliki Nkomo, a Zimbabwean national, were arrested on Monday after Tshishonga was allegedly beaten up "for talking too much".

Tshishonga identified the two on Monday night after they were arrested in Parktown by Hillbrow police. The 23-year-old Tshishonga was allegedly dragged out of a taxi and slapped by one of the two men near her home in Hillbrow at the weekend.

The men allegedly accused her of being "like the 'so-called free women' who talk too much these days" after she asked why her R96,50 change was in R2, R1 and 50 cent coins.

Tshishonga said yesterday that she was relieved that the men had been arrested. She also said she was being accused of seeking fame by the public.

"People ask me why I also went to the media and not only the police to report the assault.

"They believe that I want to be famous by being mentioned in the newspapers. They do not understand the pain I am going through now. I also cannot forget the other women who have had the same experience," she said.


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