'They pulled, tore her skirt'

19 February 2008 - 02:00
By unknown

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

One of the security guards who helped miniskirt-clad Nwabisa Ngcukana on Sunday said it took them a while before they could rescue her.

Ngcukana was stripped and sexually molested by taximen at Noord taxi rank.

"When we arrived she was lying on the floor surrounded by taxi drivers who were pulling and tearing at her skirt.

"They were poking fun at her and would not let go. We had to carry her up to the control room," said the security guard, who refused to identify himself for fear of victimisation.

He also said that a young man was also stripped on the same day after he was accused of snatching a cellphone.

Four women had been stripped on Saturday alone, three were wearing miniskirts, while the third wore tight short pants.

Another security guard, who has been posted at the taxi rank for five years, said it was not the first time this had happened.

"They have been doing this for the past three years. They had at one point ordered us not to allow women wearing miniskirts into the rank, which is impossible.

"We need help from the police to arrest these arrogant people," said the security guard.

People working at a shopping centre near the rank said they had witnessed similar incidents over the years.