Gopolang Moloko
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24 Aug 2017
9:37 am

R50k reward offered to find taxi rapist gang

Gopolang Moloko

Their victim was also robbed of her jewellery, wallet, bank cards, cellphone, house keys and cash.

WANTED: One of the men believed to have using the victims bank card to buy liquor.

A R50 000 reward is offered to find the men who police believe may shed some light to a pending rape case.

This after a woman was recently raped and robbed in a taxi, while her 10-year-old son watched.

FOOTAGE: One of men linked to the use of the woman’s card.

FOOTAGE: One of men linked to the use of the woman’s card.

One of the suspects took out a firearm and forced her to hand over a cellphone and bank card. The victim was also robbed of her jewellery, wallet, bank cards, cellphone, house keys and cash.

The vehicle stopped at an unknown location and R1 200 was withdrawn from the victim’s bank account. According to police, a second suspect raped the victim while the vehicle was in motion.

She boarded a taxi from Ridgeway to Southdale in April and was cornered by men who demanded her valuables inside the moving taxi.

WANTED: One of the men believed to have been using the victim’s banking card.

WANTED: One of the men believed to have been using the victim’s banking card.

A public outcry prompted the police to ask for more information from the public after they arrested four men linked to a number of similar rape attacks in the same month.

The provincial police’s Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the police had identified both the men’s faces and believed that they may assist with the ongoing investigation.

He said police suspected one of the men was the driver of the vehicle on Wednesday, April 26 this year when the woman boarded the vehicle.

The second man was linked to the robbery after the woman’s banks cards were later used to purchase several goods including liqour.

INFORMATION NEEDED: The man (right with green striped shirt) is believed to have bought liquor with the victim’s banking card and is wanted by police.

INFORMATION NEEDED: The man (right with green striped shirt) is believed to have bought liquor with the victim’s banking card and is wanted by police.

Photographs of the men were sent to the media for assistance in finding the men.

According to police, the incident was part of several cases that were reported to the police during March 2017. This has prompted the Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Deliwe De Lange to established a team of detectives from the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit to investigate the cases.

DRIVER: The man is believed to have been the driver and is wanted by SAPS with a R50 000 reward offered.

DRIVER: The man is believed to have been the driver and is wanted by SAPS with a R50 000 reward offered.

Similar cases were reported from Meadowlands, Booysens, Johannesburg Central, Rosebank, Alberton, Germiston, Kliptown, Protea Glen, Langlaagte, Honeydew and Dobsonville.

Booysens police confirmed that the four men who were arrested have been linked to a number of rape and robbery cases.

Spokesperson for Booysens SAPS, Captain Lorrain Van Emmerik said one of the four men nabbed was suspected to be from the Booysens area, however investigations were ongoing. She also said provincial police were the officials who issued statements on these cases.

Asked if any case such cases have been reported lately, she said none but also again urged members of the public to report any rape attack to police.

Provincial police have confirmed there were several leads being followed and some of the suspects are believed to be taxi drivers working for certain taxi associations.

Anyone with information on the suspects may contact the investigation team leader, Captain Elon Bester cellphone number 079 890 7472 or Constable John Mokoena cellphone no 071 675 6166 at all hours. Anonymous information may also be forwarded to Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

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