Ivory Park taxi driver arrested for alleged rape

The suspect with Ivory Park SAPS Det Cst Mulalo Matumba and Det Cst Lehlogonolo Buthelezi after the arrest on August 7.

The Station Commander of the Ivory Park SAPS has welcomed the arrest of a 37-year-old taxi driver from Ivory Park for the alleged rape of a woman on August 7.

The station commander, Brig David Mbongeni Ngcobo, said the SAPS takes any form of violence against women seriously and they intend investigating this matter to explore any linkage of the suspect to any of the cases reported at Ivory Park SAPS, especially those in which victims were raped under more or less the same modus operandi.

“The suspect was apparently seen by the victim driving another car, different from the one he allegedly raped her in. She was quick to take the registration number of the vehicle and took the details to the local taxi rank office, whose officials called the driver.

“He was promptly pointed out by the victim. Police were called and during questioning, the suspect spilled the beans on the events of the night. The suspect took the police to his place where the woman’s phone was found and confiscated,” added Ngcobo.

Ngcobo explains that on the night of the rape, the victim stopped a car, thinking it was a local taxi.

“Instead of taking her into the direction of her home, the suspect is believed to have changed the direction, citing fear of the taxi patrol squad.

“He then stopped at an isolated spot. The doors of the taxi were locked. He took out a screwdriver which he used to threaten the victim into complying with his demands. Those demands were that the victim took her clothes off after which he raped her, then drove to another place where she was robbed of her cellphone,” said Ngcobo.

“The victim’s attention to detail has assisted us tremendously in bringing the alleged rapist and robber to book. The fact that she was able to memorise his look despite the horrors she was being subjected to deserves to be complimented and as the Ivory Park SAPS we do not intend to disappoint,” he added.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court to face two charges of rape and robbery.

Malebo Tseke

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