Santaco urges KZN taxi assault victim to report matter

Santaco urges KZN taxi assault victim to report matter

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) in KwaZulu-Natal is drawing up intervention strategies to prevent violence in taxis. 


Santaco's been commenting on a graphic video shared online that's sparked outrage.

A man can be seen violently assaulting a woman and attempts to choke her.

They're both asked to leave by a man, believed to be the driver.

While what prompted the attack isn't yet clear, the minibus is believed to have been loading passengers in Pietermaritzburg at the time.

Santaco's Sifiso Shangase is urging the woman to go to the police.

"We have a clear potion when it comes to gender-based violence. We are not encouraging such incidence to take place, and we are also pleading to other commuters as well - if such incidences are happening within a minibus taxi, we request them to intervene swiftly because this could lead to a loss of life, but if people become proactive and intervene lives would be saved."   

Shangase says there's a need for more awareness programmes on passenger safety.

"If we are still living this kind of a society whereby violence is being propagated and promoted, people are still going to behave in that manner. 

"What is going to be important for all of us is to ensure that people are educated when it comes to these issues and violence is not a solution to any problem." 


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