miniskirt row irks province

Kamogelo Seekoei and Sowetan Reporters

Kamogelo Seekoei and Sowetan Reporters

It seems Nwabisa Ngcukana, the woman who was stripped naked and sexually assaulted by taxi drivers at the Noord Street Taxi Rank, will get justice after all.

Two Gauteng MECs and the Johannesburg Metro police have promised action.

Transport MEC Ignatius Jacobs has called upon the taxi industry leadership to stand up against the abuse of women by taxi drivers.

Jacobs yesterday said the taxi industry leadership should intervene and work with taxi commuters to expose the people involved in acts of indecency.

"This unacceptable practice must stop with immediate effect. It is also the duty of all law-abiding members of taxi associations to work with the police service in protecting women from such misbehaviour," Jacobs said.

Community safety MEC Firoz Cachalia also strongly condemned the attack.

He and members of the Metro police will hold a meeting with taxi bosses to get to the bottom of the allegations against drivers.

"After the meeting we will produce a clear attitude of the government towards this crime," he said.

Metro police spokesman Edna Mamonyane said the owners were also expected to hand over one of the men who assaulted the girl to the police.

She did not confirm whether the man would be arrested.

"We will have to see what is going to happen during the meeting," she said.

She said Metro police chief Chris Ngcobo said he would investigate why there was no footage of the incident.

Mamonyane said they did not depend solely on CCTV footage to arrest people.

"We were arresting people long before we had CCTV cameras and we are going to do everything in our power to bring these people to book."

She said taxi drivers needed to understand that passengers were their bread and butter.

"That is the message we want to convey to the owners at the meeting."

On Sunday Ngcukana, 25, was stripped naked and sexually assaulted by taxi drivers at the taxi rank in the Johannesburg CBD.

On Tuesday she was told by Ngcobo that there was no footage to identify her perpetrators.

The disappointed Ngcukana said at the time that she was sad because the men would continue doing the same thing to others.

And, while Ngcukana was receiving the news about the missing footage, a Sowetan photographer was mugged at gun point at the Bree Taxi Rank, also in the Johannesburg CBD. The men wanted her cellphone but gave it back because they found it did not have the latest features.