A woman used taxi as her means of transportation as she has to travel Eerste River to Bellville on a daily basis. But one afternoon, all that changed for a young mother who was molested in a taxi outside a mall.
Kelly, whose identity is being reserved, is an assistant teacher at a preschool in Bellville and spoke about her ordeal and being accosted at gunpoint.
“We were only three people in the taxi when the driver asked the guy where he was going as the taxi we’re in was no longer going to Kuils River. The driver said the taxi needed water and that he was taking a quicker route home. But that drive home was the longest of her life.”
Instead, Kelly and her colleague were driven to Kuils River, Mitchells Plain, and Vangate Mall.
“We were separated in the taxi; my friend was forced to sit in front with the driver and I was in the back with the “gaatjie”. They demanded our cellphones and jewelry and any cash we had. They also took my bank card.”
Kelly said both the driver and the gaatjie were not able to operate any of the ATMs they stopped at and needed to find a Capitec ATM.
During the ride, the two men kept asking the young women if they had children, ever been physical and if they did they would be “used” to what was coming.
Kelly also remembers that the gaatjie smoked some heavy narcotics in the taxi and offered it to her as well, which she refused.
“Even though I didn’t smoke I recognised the smell. I could feel my head spinning as they had shut all the windows and there was no fresh air in the taxi.”
They eventually stopped at Vangate Mall, where Kelly’s colleague was forced to accompany the driver to an ATM. This was when the gaatjie demanded that Kelly remove her pants. She refused and he pulled her by her hair, removed his pants as well as hers and molested her in the taxi.
“I just went blank. I do not know how long it lasted; I just know it took a long time,” she said.
When the driver and her colleague returned, he gave the ATM slip to Kelly, but in her state of shock, she did not look at it at the time. She only learned later that they cleared R3300 from her account.
“The driver gave us R100 for taxi fare and even apologized for what he did, saying he did not have a choice,” she said.
“I told my friend that there was no way we could take another taxi. We walked to a car dealership, where I explained to two men what had happened.
“They allowed me to use their cellphone to call my brother and they took us to the Goodwood police station to report what had happened,” she said.
At the police station, Kelly was told she needed to report the whole incident at the Bellville police station.
She has returned to work, a week after the rape, even though she was booked off from work for a month.
Police spokesperson Siyabulela Malo confirmed that a case of molestation was being investigated by the Kuils River SAPS and that no arrests had been made.